If Gov. Pat Quinn wants company when he goes sailing out there in the middle of January, there’s State Sen. Mike Jacobs (D-East Moline). Other than Quinn, Jacobs is the only incumbent in Springfield to have lost in the November election. Other than the offices of governor, lieutenant governor, and treasurer, the state Senate seat occupied by Jacobs is the only one that will change parties when the new group is sworn in.
To Jacobs, simply losing after 10 years in the legislature is bad enough. “It is disappointing; we had a lot of positive things going on in the district, especially the new university. We had just brought a new $62 million university to the district,” Jacobs says, referring to the Western Illinois University outpost in Moline. “Sometimes things don’t bounce your way, and don’t miss that Gov.(-elect Bruce) Rauner spent an awful lot of money against me. Millions of dollars.”
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Jacobs, whose father and grandfather both served in the Illinois General Assembly, is to be succeeded by Republican Neil Anderson, a Moline firefighter.