Gov. Pat Quinn's purple and navy diagonally striped tie, worn during his address at the Democratic National Convention this week, has made its share of appearances in recent years.
Quinn wore the tie throughout the 2010 gubernatorial election season, including for each and every public debate. He also donned it for a pre-election Democratic Party rally at the Palmer House Hilton, on election night and during his inaugural speech as governor.
The Daily Herald first asked about the tie during the summer of 2009. A spokeswoman with the governor's press office said Quinn bought the tie at a New York City shop several years ago. He liked it so much that he went back the next day and bought a second.
The governor, a Hinsdale native, is renowned for his personal frugality.