The Associated Press has declared Republican Bruce Rauner the victor over incumbent Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.

With 92 percent of precincts reporting, the AP says Rauner has 51 percent of the vote to 46 percent for Quinn. Libertarian candidate Chad Grimm drew 3 percent.

Quinn got three-quarters of the vote in Chicago and a bare majority in suburban Cook County, but trailed Rauner badly in the collar counties and downstate.

Above: Rauner campaigning in August at the Metropolitan Planning Council. Photo from Wikipedia.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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