Governor Pat Quinn, who narrowly retained his seat after a tough campaign against Republican Bill Brady, met his former opponent for lunch Tuesday at Chicago's politically popular Manny's Deli Tuesday.
The meeting, which has been dubbed a sandwich summit, aimed to show voters that both parties can work together following a not-so-pretty campaign season, the Chicago Tribune reports.
"I think Manny's is as good as any place ... they have a very diverse group of customers and everybody seems to get along pretty well," Quinn told reporters days after the election. He said he invited Brady for lunch over the phone. "And that's what we've got to do in Illinois. There are no such thing as Democratic jobs or Republican jobs. There are just Illinois jobs for hard-working people, and that's what all of us have to focus on."
During his concession speech, Brady mentioned the invitation.
"Gov. Quinn invited me to Manny's," Brady said. "He didn't say if he was going to buy or not."
Along a sea of reporters, the two chatted Tuesday afternoon.
"It was a nice conversation, particularly nice that he bought lunch, and we talked about what we're going to do to work in the future," Brady said, according to NBC Chicago.
Brady said the two "agreed to disagree" on Quinn's proposed income tax hike.
The meeting might be a new, friendly trend in Illinois politics. After a particularly brutal race for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by President Obama, Democrat Alexi Giannoulias and Senator-elect Mark Kirk decided to meet at the Billy Goat Tavern for a post-election beer.
The Billy Goat Beer Summit drew many reporters, and talk of bipartisanship from the former rivals.
"I know it sounds really cheesy, but people are getting killed out there in this recession and I just think we've got to put down partisan, silly politics and we should all work together," Giannoulias told NBC Chicago after meeting Kirk at the Billy Goat. "We should focus on helping people."
Check out photos from Tuesday's sandwich summit here: