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This morning a reporter asked Dan Hynes about Governor Pat Quinn’s proposal to increase the state income tax, and Hynes responded with a flash of sardonic wit.

“When you were talking about Pat Quinn’s plan, were you talking about version one, two, or three?” Hynes said.

It’s no secret that Hynes is going to try to portray Quinn as a wishy washy flip-flopper as they fight over the 2010 Democratic nomination for governor. But in his first policy speech and press conference as a candidate, Hynes signaled that he’s also going to show some passion and personality—qualities notably missing from his losing campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2004.