He ran for governor and lost to Blagojevich, then scuttled off to New Orleans and other places (Bridgeport, Philadelphia), but Paul Vallas is back to Illinois politics with today's announcement that he's going to run as Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor with Pat Quinn.
Vallas is filling the vacancy on the ticket left by incumbent Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon's decision to run for state comptroller next year, notes the Tribune. But there may be questions about his residency/eligibility, says the paper. Is he a resident of Connecticut or Illinois? Nobody seems to know for sure. Read more news here.
“I am honored to join forces with the strongest reform governor in the country,” Paul Vallas said in a statement. “Since taking the oath of office, Governor Pat Quinn has rescued the state of Illinois from the verge of fiscal and ethical disaster following decades of bipartisan corruption. This governor has been getting big things done since he got here. Unlike his predecessors, Governor Quinn tackled the hard issues and has made the right decisions to get Illinois back on track.”
“Together we will fight every day for working families and deliver the reform and change that Illinois deserves,” said Vallas.