SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Pat Quinn Tuesday responded to reports that his one-time potential running mate Scott Lee Cohen could join the race for governor as an independent candidate.
Quinn said he saw Cohen at a recent White Sox game.
"He told me to get ready for a big surprise," Quinn said. "I guess that's it, huh?"
After winning the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor, Cohen tearfully quit the race amidst allegations of domestic abuse and steroid use.
To get in the race, Cohen would have to collect 25,000 petition signatures by June 21, according to a State Board of Elections official.
"I believe in Democracy, I believe in competition," Quinn said. "If he can get the signatures ... you can do whatever you want."
Cohen has met with House Speaker and Illinois Democratic Party chair Michael Madigan and expressed his interest in running for governor as an independent, said Madigan spokesman Steve Brown.
Right now, Quinn is taking on Republican Bill Brady of Bloomington and Green Party candidate Rich Whitney of Carbondale in the race for governor.
No phone number for Cohen is listed at his website, but ScottLeeCohen.com carries a "Coming Soon" banner.