Hynes to Make "Important Announcement"

Springfield, IL – Campaign aides to Illinois Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dan Hynes say he plans to make "an important announcement" about his campaign, but they have declined any comment about the nature of his statement. Staff members say Hynes would make the announcement this morning.

With all precincts reporting from Tuesday's primary election, Hynes trailed Governor Pat Quinn by nearly 8,100 votes. But some absentee and provisional ballots had yet to be counted.

The statement from Hynes' campaign office came after President Barack Obama made what the White House described as a congratulatory call to Quinn for winning the close Democratic primary. Obama reportedly also called Hynes to talk about his campaign effort.