José M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune
January 25, 2010
Hynes is the son of Southwest Side powerbroker and 19th Ward committeeman Tom Hynes, and the family has long-standing friendly relations with Daley. A product of St. Ignatius College Prep, Notre Dame and Loyola law school, Hynes was a wunderkind who won his first political contest, for comptroller in 1998, at the age of 29. But the mild-mannered budget wonk's efforts for larger office have failed. In 2004, Daley initially backed Hynes' bid for the U.S. Senate, the seat won by Barack Obama. Earlier this year, Hynes lost a bloody primary battle with Pat Quinn for the Democratic nomination for governor. Serving out his last term as comptroller, Hynes' plans for the future are unclear.