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Article updated: 6/11/2013 10:16 PM

Quinn makes Stanley Cup Finals bet with Massachusetts governor

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, second from right, is joined by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, left, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and former Illinois Senate President Emil Jones as Patrick receives a sign naming part of his hometown street Honorary Governor Deval Patrick Ave., in Chicago. Patrick grew up near the intersection of 53rd Street and Wabash Avenue and a portion of Wabash Avenue will bear his name.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, second from right, is joined by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, left, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and former Illinois Senate President Emil Jones as Patrick receives a sign naming part of his hometown street Honorary Governor Deval Patrick Ave., in Chicago. Patrick grew up near the intersection of 53rd Street and Wabash Avenue and a portion of Wabash Avenue will bear his name.

 

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Volunteers work at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, where Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will have to volunteer if he loses his Stanley Cup bet with Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.

Volunteers work at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, where Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will have to volunteer if he loses his Stanley Cup bet with Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.

 

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In 2005, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley holds up a pair of white socks while announcing the traditional mayoral bet between World Series cities.

In 2005, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley holds up a pair of white socks while announcing the traditional mayoral bet between World Series cities.

 

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Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick)

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick)

 
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn

 
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They're not betting locally made foods, as politicians typically do.

Instead, the bet between Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick over the Stanley Cup series is volunteering at food banks in each other's state.

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A wager also is reportedly in the works between the Chicago and Boston mayors over the series, which begin Wednesday night in Chicago.

For the governors' bet, if the Chicago Blackhawks win the cup, Patrick will fly to Chicago and volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. If the Bruins win, Quinn will head east and volunteer at the Greater Boston Food Bank.

"Gov. Patrick is skating on thin ice by betting against the mighty Chicago Blackhawks," Quinn said in a statement. "But the Greater Chicago Food Depository can always use extra help, so after he works a shift there, I'm happy to take Gov. Patrick to the United Center to see the Stanley Cup return home."

Patrick talked smack about the Blackhawks, too.

"I look forward to seeing the Bruins circle the ice with the Stanley Cup above their heads," Patrick said in a statement.

Quinn and Patrick, a south-side Chicago native, are friends and a portion of Wabash Avenue near 53rd Street was recently named Honorary Deval Patrick Way.

The Chicago Blackhawks have won four Stanley Cup championships, the most recent in 2010. The Boston Bruins have won the Cup six times, most recently in 2011.

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