BY DAVE McKINNEY
Sun-Times Springfield Bureau Chief
CHICAGO--Illinois state Comptroller Dan Hynes conceded the Democratic gubernatorial race this morning to Gov Quinn.
"The people have spoken, and the votes have been counted," Hynes, accompanied by family members, including his father Tom and longtime friend John Schmidt, said. "We rose up but fell just a little short.
"And if democracy means anything, it means that the campaign with more votes wins. We did the right thing, made sure all the votes were counted, and now we know for sure: That wasn't us.
"And, rather than contest or demand anything further, let's do the right thing again."
Hynes called Quinn this morning and congratulated him.
"It's true that we had a few disagreements during this campaign," Hynes said. "But that's what happens during spirited discussions about our future. And I have never doubted the governor's commitment to the people of Illinois."
"To the victor goes our compliments and our support . . .