Governor Pat Quinn has formally drawn a democratic primary opponent.
Former Ceasefire director Tio Hardiman filed his nominating petitions on Monday with the Illinois State Board of Elections to challenge Quinn in the March 18 primary.
“I just want to let everybody in Illinois know that I’m dead serious about running for governor,” Hardiman said in August when he announced this intention to run. “I didn’t make this decision overnight.”
Hardiman, a resident of suburban Hillside, made good on that promise by beating Quinn as the first to file on Monday morning at 8:00 a.m. for the democratic gubernatorial primary, ensuring the top spot on the ballot.
“I know people with deep pockets and I know how to raise money,” said Hardiman, who would be the first African American governor of Illinois. “Mayor Rahm Emanuel is lucky I live in [west suburban] Hillside because if I lived in Chicago I would be running for mayor.”
In May, Hardiman was arrested for domestic battery of his wife. The charges were subsequently dropped. Still, Ceasefire ended Hardiman’s job.
Hardiman has chosen attorney Brunell Donald-Kyei of Chicago as his Lt. Governor running-mate.
Donald-Kyei drew media attention in September when she barked like dog in a cook county courtroom in order to illustrate a point.