The 2014 race for Illinois governor has entered a new phase with Gov. Pat Quinn taking time out of a work day to accept a union endorsement.
The Chicago Democrat has kept campaigning low-key so far with events such as speeches at churches and small fundraisers.
But on Thursday he stopped by the Chicago International Produce Market to pick up a re-election nod from Teamsters Joint Council 25.
The labor union endorsed him four years ago around the same time. Quinn was a member during college from 1969 to 1971.
Quinn told reporters that his job is important, but he has to take time to defend his record and people want to see a campaigning governor "out and about."
Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley is challenging Quinn.
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