A Wheaton City Council member has joined the 2014 governor's race.
Council member Evelyn Pacino Sanguinetti will join Republican businessman and gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner as his running mate for lieutenant governor, according to a news release from Rauner's website.
The announcement was made early Oct. 8 at the start of a two-day tour of the state that will include Chicago, Rockford, the Quad Cities, Marion, Quincy and Peoria.
Rauner called Pacino Sanguinetti "the perfect partner to shake up Springfield," and said she had the "talent and guts" to take on the established Illinois government.
“She’s achieved the American Dream and will fight so more in Illinois can reach it too," he said in a statement. "She grew up in poverty, relying on public assistance, and worked hard to become an Illinois assistant attorney general, a City Council member and a teacher at the very law school that gave her the opportunity to work for this state.”
The daughter of two immigrants, Pacino Sanguinetti said that she hopes to create the chance for everyone to have the opportunity she had.
“Unfortunately, too many in Illinois who have backgrounds that look a whole lot like mine aren’t being given access to a quality education or that opportunity to succeed," she said in the joint statement. "I understand firsthand how the policies pushed by the career politicians are failing us and that’s why I’m excited to run with Bruce Rauner to transform Illinois.”
Wheaton Mayor Mike Gresk said he thought his colleague on the Council would "bring a lot to the ticket."
"In the two-plus years I've worked with Evelyn, she's always been very thoughtful and articulate in expressing her point of view," he said. "I wish her well. She's a very energetic, very intelligent woman."