From the NBC News political team
NBC News reports that Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn is the apparent winner in the Illinois governors race.
Quinn, a former lieutenant governor who stepped into the job two years ago when Gov. Rod Blagojevich was ousted due to corruption charges, has a lead of about 19,000 votes over Republican state Sen. Bill Brady.
He campaigned on a proposal to raise income taxes in order to help offset the state's staggering deficit.
Another Democrat on the ticket, Obama ally Alexi Giannoulias, lost to Republican Mark Kirk in the state's Senate race Tuesday.