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Dan Hynes, 42, Illinois comptroller

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... José M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune