CHICAGO (AP) -- Republican Bruce Rauner says winning the governor’s seat over incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn means Illinois is moving in a new direction.
It’s the first time Republicans have been in control of Illinois’ Executive Mansion since 2003.
Rauner told supporters Tuesday that Illinois has to be competitive and pledged to change the structure and operation of state government.
Rauner is venture capitalist from Winnetka. He was seeking public office for the first time.
Quinn is a Chicago Democrat who was seeking a second full term. Quinn refused to concede the election. He says there are still outstanding ballots to be counted and it could take days.
The gubernatorial matchup was one of the most competitive in the nation.