(CBS) – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, gearing up for what could be a tough general election next year, says he ends 2013 with at least two major accomplishments: state pension reform and same-sex marriage.
“When you pass a pension reform that has defied previous governors for decades — we got it done this year,” the Chicago Democrat tells CBS 2’s Jim Williams in a one-on-one interview. “Marriage equality was something that was very important to civil rights in Illinois. I got that done working with many other people.”
The pension revamp approved by state lawmakers has already been challenged in court. Meanwhile, potential Republican opponents in next year’s gubernatorial election have heaped criticism on Quinn for the state’s various problems.
“I really don’t worry about politics, I never have. Campaigns come and go,” Quinn says.
He predicts it will only get worse.
“I’ll predict that my political opponents will run TV commercials that do not refer to me as a loving son of a loving mother,” Quinn says.
Former CeaseFire Director Tio Hardiman is the lone Democrat running against Quinn for their party’s nomination.
Seeking the GOP nomination for governor are state Sens. Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady; Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford and businessman Bruce Rauner.