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Kim backgrounder

Monday, Dec 16, 2013

* The Kankakee Daily Journal has a bio piece on Steve Kim, who is Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s running mate

Kim is a successful businessman. An attorney, he advises companies on regulation and has offices around the world. He was a special assistant on international trade during the administration of Gov. Jim Edgar and sits on the advisory committee for trade set up by Sen. Mark Kirk.

Kim’s father, Kenneth, was a pharmacist in Seoul. He and his wife, Helen, might have settled elsewhere, but they ran out of bus fare in Illinois and remained here. His mother ran a dry cleaners in Skokie.

“Their dream was the American dream,” he said. “Work hard. Save. Own your own business. Send your children to college.”

Kim is a graduate of Loyola Law School. He and his wife, Misuk, live in Northbrook. They want a good life for their son, Lincoln, 19 months. “For Christmas we got him a stuffed elephant,” Kim said.

* A photo from his event…


And, I know I don’t have to say this, but just in case some stupid yahoo stumbles in here, any attempt at racial humor will be met with a highly unpleasant response from me.


- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - walkinfool - Monday, Dec 16, 13 @ 10:34 am:

    Quinn is only doubling exports? We can do better!

  2. - Cassandra - Monday, Dec 16, 13 @ 10:37 am:

    His parents bring us another great immigration story. Good luck to all the family.

  3. - A guy... - Monday, Dec 16, 13 @ 10:38 am:

    THis is how far we’re down in the polls.

  4. - Quizzical - Monday, Dec 16, 13 @ 10:39 am:

    So the choice is clear, Quinn and his Squeezy the lizard or Dan and I with stuffed elephants.

  5. - wordslinger - Monday, Dec 16, 13 @ 10:40 am:

    As the son of immigrants, I’m a sucker for stories like Kim’s. I don’t think an l.g. choice means much on election day, but it’s a no-brainer that the GOP needs to show some effort at outreach.

  6. - A guy... - Monday, Dec 16, 13 @ 10:40 am:

    BTW, he’s a very nice guy and that’s a terrific suit.
    Notice that I’m covering up my watch. It’s worth more than 18 bucks.

  7. - Victor Kingston - Monday, Dec 16, 13 @ 10:42 am:

    Kim assured attendees that despite his “barbie-esque” hand size he has a firm grasp on the huge problems facing this state.

  8. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 16, 13 @ 10:43 am:

    “It’s ‘Steve’ Kim, not ‘Dave’ Kim … with one ‘M’, that’s right …’Steve’ … the one … yep, Lisa Madigan … see, you remember … What?Why? … well, about $90. in my pocket, about $90. total cash on me … yeah, one thousand dollars raised… yep, a whole thousand…. Look, you may know a ‘Dave’ Kim, I’m ‘Steve’, ok … no, I lost to Lisa … what have I been doing? Good question … I went on a couple vacations, I read books … Author? Nicholas Sparks is really good, …what? … No, that’s ‘Dave’, I didn’t write that book … I would like to tell you I was Dan’s 1st choice, and I would like you to believe that, how about that for an answer to that question … Well, when we win, first, as the Lt. Governor, I plan on asking Jil tracy alot of questions about state government, she seems a bit more verse in all that … Yes, Jason Plummer and I have spoken, and he has given me good advice on running… I hope to get close to… maybe … 7 grand raised by February 1 … no, total for the campaign … I would … I would gladly match my experience up against anyones, including ‘Dave’ Kim if need be … any more questions….”

  9. - A guy... - Monday, Dec 16, 13 @ 10:52 am:

    On a map, Northbrook is only this far from Oswego.

  10. - Tequila Mockingbird - Monday, Dec 16, 13 @ 10:53 am:

    How big is the stuffed elephant? Oh, about this long, including the trunk.

  11. - Huh? - Monday, Dec 16, 13 @ 10:54 am:

    “… the fish was this big …”

  12. - ChrisB - Monday, Dec 16, 13 @ 11:02 am:

    “My parents ran out of bus fare and settled in Illinois. Another Ventra Success!”

  13. - Mittuns - Monday, Dec 16, 13 @ 11:16 am:

    And now Steve Kim with a dramatic reading of his running mate’s tweets.

  14. - AFSCME Steward - Monday, Dec 16, 13 @ 11:17 am:

    Rauner is this close to telling the truth about himself.

  15. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 16, 13 @ 11:18 am:

    “So, I was talking to Pongee …”

  16. - Arthur Andersen - Monday, Dec 16, 13 @ 12:03 pm:

    Dan has a model Pongee in his house that is this big! He plays with it all the time.

  17. - Stones - Monday, Dec 16, 13 @ 12:10 pm:

    “If you like my Tony Bennett impersonation just wait until you see my Sinatra!”

  18. - Arthur Andersen - Monday, Dec 16, 13 @ 12:45 pm:

    “Dan has a model Pongee at home that’s this big!”

  19. - Arthur Andersen - Monday, Dec 16, 13 @ 12:46 pm:


    “Jason Plummer is only this much taller than me. Really.”

  20. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 16, 13 @ 1:05 pm:

    “Can we just agree that I am running this time ‘for real’?….Can we do that?”

  21. - Ghost - Monday, Dec 16, 13 @ 1:42 pm:

    ….clap your hands if your sure….

  22. - Arthur Andersen - Monday, Dec 16, 13 @ 1:59 pm:

    “Anyone who donates $100 tonight will get a free “Clapper!”

  23. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 16, 13 @ 3:47 pm:

    @FakeSteveNotDaveKim - So glad no one really knows too much about me to mock in the Caption Contest. That is a “good” thing right? #MaybeBeingDaveKimMightHelp #WhyDidDanPickMeAgain

  24. - A guy... - Monday, Dec 16, 13 @ 4:21 pm:

    In a Rutherford Administration, I’m gonna get one of those Czar positions that until now were just Federal titles. I believe it has to do with jobs or something.

  25. - zatoichi - Monday, Dec 16, 13 @ 4:24 pm:

    …..Kickin’ your can all over the place
    Singin’ we will we will rock you ……

  26. - Arthur Andersen - Monday, Dec 16, 13 @ 4:48 pm:

    “Now Everybody Sing!”

  27. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 16, 13 @ 4:53 pm:

    “I’m ready, throw me the Carhartt coat …”

  28. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 16, 13 @ 4:54 pm:

    “Woah! Stop! You know who I am?”

  29. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 16, 13 @ 4:57 pm:

    “See, I’m ready. Give me those softball questions.”

    “I am not Pongee…K? … We clear? Can I go on?”

    “So Cross has a putt this far left to win the hole …and he wants me to ‘give’ him the putt. I mean, it’s this far, not a ‘gimme’ by any means …”

  30. - Veil of Ignorance - Monday, Dec 16, 13 @ 5:32 pm:

    I was this close to being Illinois Attorney General…

  31. - Hans Sanity - Monday, Dec 16, 13 @ 9:49 pm:

    Quoting Matthew 6:3, Rutherford running mate Steve Kim tells Illinoisans why he agreed to run for Lt. Governor with the treasurer.

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