SPRINGFIELD — Before Evelyn Sanguinetti wanted to shake up Illinois, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor wanted a regular state job.

Email records obtained by the Quad-City Times' Springfield Bureau show Bruce Rauner's running mate sent out a query on the afternoon of Jan. 1, 2013, asking a staff attorney at the Illinois Department of Human Rights if any jobs were available in the agency.

"Hello Honey — With the New Year, I am seeking other employment opportunities. Is anything available in ur hood?" she wrote in an email to the attorney.

The worker responded a day later, saying nothing was open and that state government was in the midst of a budget-related round of layoffs. But he suggested she file her resume with the state's main hiring agency in order to get the process moving.

Revelations of Sanguinetti's job search comes as she and Rauner have made a campaign issue about being outsiders who will change how business is done in the capital city.

"Neither of us have been in Springfield. We're not part of the 'good old boy' network," Sanguinetti says in an introductory campaign video.

Rauner campaign spokesman Mike Schrimpf said Sanguinetti's contact in state government was a law school classmate. Sanguinetti also worked as an assistant attorney general under former Attorney General Jim Ryan, a Republican who served from 1995 to 2003.

Sanguinetti closes out the email exchange with her former classmate by saying she would follow his advice.

And, the Wheaton resident added, "Isn't cow tipping a work requirement in Springfield (LOL)?"

Schrimpf suggested the comment wasn't meant as a dig about downstate Illinois.

"The cow tipping reference was a jovial exchange ... Evelyn loves the Springfield area, and unlike Pat Quinn, who spends the bulk of his time in Chicago, she looks forward to working in the capital region next year," Schrimpf said.