Look, we know that he reminds you of your uncle, the high school social science teacher in Oak Park, rather than the leader of one of the most powerful states in the union. He does the same for us, too. But, assorted stumbles notwithstanding, he’s a career-long reformer who conveys both a sense of compassion for the less-fortunate and, dear to our heart, an unwavering support for the arts. The other guy, truth be told, is likely to be reasonable on social issues, based on his past record, but tone deaf on issues of social justice and compassion. In an era of growing inequality in America, do we really want to elect a one-percenter whose principal qualification for office is he’s crazy rich and likes to show it? In this era of money gushing down a Citizens United-grease chute into politics, someone forgot to tell Bruce Rauner that there’s no point to being puppet-master and puppet at the same time.
Audience Choice: Pat Quinn
Best of Chicago 2014