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Quinn on a Daley-Madigan primary bout: 'I really don't believe in family feuds'

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Gov. Pat Quinn believes families shouldn't fight, especially in Illinois.

That's what Quinn had to say Friday about a potential clash arising between Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Bill Daley - brother of former Mayor Richard M. Daley - if the two were to battle in the 2014 primary bid for governor.

"I really don't believe in family feuds. I'd like to see families come together this year and every year."

The two potential gubernatorial candidates' families have a tangled history stretching back decades, building from the relationship between the most recent Mayor Daley and Madigan's father, House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago).

What began as a congenial bond between the two, evolved into an ongoing feud starting in 1979 when Madigan, against Daley's bidding, backed Jane Byrne for mayor of Chicago. The tension has been wrought with back-and-forth political jabs since.

While the possible Daley-Madigan scenario has yet to play out, Quinn has shied from commenting on the upcoming election, as he did again Friday.

"I think family is very, very important in Illinois," he said. "We're the family of Illinois - 13 million people. We just had an election. I went to the inauguration of President Obama this past week. I don't think the voters and the families of Illinois want elected officials and those who aspire to elected office to be constantly campaigning. They want real action and outcome for them, the people, the taxpayers."

When asked of a potential conflict of interest between Speaker Madigan and his daughter if she were to run for governor, Quinn anecdotally danced around the question.

"Well, my dad told me quite awhile ago, 'Don't take an aspirin until you get a headache,' and that's what my philosophy would be."

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