"Everybody in, nobody left out."
That's been the Quinn family philosophy ever since Patrick Quinn, Governor Quinn's grandfather, arrived in America in 1900.
John Quinn tells the story of the Quinn family's heritage and belief in service to the people around them. That's what made his brother Pat, the Governor of Illinois, who he is today.https://www.quinnforillinoi...
Governor Pat Quinn, his two brothers and their 97-year-old mother appear in this Quinn for Illinois video short that tells the story behind the Governor's signature notepad by tracking the Quinn family's belief in service through three generations.
The video begins with Governor Quinn's Irish immigrant grandfather, his namesake, who embraced the family's "everybody in and nobody left out" philosophy as he ran a small family grocery store on the South Side. During the Great Depression, he used his notepad to record credit given to customers who were struggling financially.
Governor Quinn's father served in World War II and his notepad was a typewriter he used to write letters to families who lost their children in the war. His father's service to our nation inspired the Governor later to create the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund to give military families the support they need at home.
The video is narrated by youngest brother John, a longtime basketball coach and social studies teacher at Fenwick High School, the governor's alma mater. His notepad: His basketball playbook.
Middle brother Tom Quinn, a veteran attorney, used his notepad in a landmark case to protect programs promoting racial diversity in Chicago's South Suburbs.
Governor Quinn started using his notepad as a student tutor for inner city kids while at Georgetown University. He continued to use his notepad during his early advocacy years with the Coalition for Political Honesty and creating the Citizens Utility Board, and into his time as governor, where he's taken on a tough job with many challenges. The notepad has become a Quinn trademark.
John Quinn concludes that, "Pat answered the call to serve at the highest level and do what our grandfather and dad did before him. This was his chance to fight hard for working families and create an Illinois where truly everybody was in and nobody was left out."