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Quinn Hopes For The Best For Primary Voter Turnout

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Gov. Pat Quinn speaks to reporters on Feb. 19, 2012, about his plan to ask many state agencies to cut their budgets by at least 9 percent when he presents annual budget address. (Credit: CBS)

Gov. Pat Quinn speaks to reporters on Feb. 19, 2012, about his plan to ask many state agencies to cut their budgets by at least 9 percent when he presents annual budget address. (Credit: CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Gov. Pat Quinn says despite analysts’ predictions that Illinois will see low voter turnout Tuesday, he is hoping for the best.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Michele Fiore reports, early voter totals are far lower, according to published reports, than they were in the 2008 Democratic primary when then then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama faced Hillary Rodham Clinton.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Michele Fiore reports

How much voter apathy can be attributed to corruption in Illinois politics?

“It’s unfortunate, but we have two former governors in Illinois at the same time,” Quinn said Sunday. “We don’t want that in Illinois. We want a different path, and my path is to reform our government; to have an honest government.”

On Wednesday of last week, Quinn’s predecessor, deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich, began his 14-year prison sentence after being convicted of 18 counts of corruption. Heading from Chicago to Colorado to report to prison, Blagojevich spent much of the day shaking hands, posing for pictures and signing autographs.

“I thought it was pathetic, really, that display at the end,” Quinn said.

Quinn says whatever happens at the polls Tuesday should not be judged without also looking at what happens in November.

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