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Bill Daley Skips Cook County Dem Slate-Making Session

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    NEWSLETTERS

    With the Cook County Democratic party endorsing Gov. Pat Quinn in the 2014 gubernatorial race, candidate Bill Daley didn't find any reason to attend Friday's slate-making session.

    "In the last three slate-making sessions, the Cook County Democratic Party has backed Rod Blagojevich and Pat Quinn," Daley's spokesman said in a statement. "When you look at all the assets of incumbency Governor Quinn is now spreading around, we don't see any reason why that would change, no matter how failed Governor Quinn's record is."

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    Quinn predictably showed up to the session and gave the crowd of fellow Democrats his "land of Lincoln" stump speech, touching on his Illinois Jobs Now program and emphasizing the importance of "working every day for everyday people."

    "I need your support," he told the group. "It's going to be a tough campaign."

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    It's certainly could be a bloody one.

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