Bill Daley, brother of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, announced Tuesday he’s running for Illinois governor in the Democratic primary.
At 64, Bill Daley doesn’t need to run for office. With the state of affairs as grim as they are in Illinois, plenty of people might wonder why he would run.
In a two-and-a-half minute ad today, Daley introduces himself as a potential candidate with concerns, goals and an exploratory campaign to get the political ball rolling.
He’s sounding an alarm because issues plaguing our state are making headlines all over the country. Gov Quinn, already a candidate in the 2014 race, claims he’s working on them. His campaign released a statement today saying, “Gov. Quinn continues to lead the fight for comprehensive pension reform, marriage equality and gun safety and he will not stop fighting until these are law.”
Attorney General Lisa Madigan is still not committing to the race. What her political powerhouse father will do as Speaker of the House could determine her next move.
“I am very seriously considering running for governor,” she told reporters today.
Mayor Emnauel put faith in Bill Daley’s bid, but did not saying much more than that. They are old friends with the Obama experience forever bonding them together.
Political strategist David Axelrod is friendly with all three political candidates and says public service is what drives all three in the race or governor.
“This is obviously a difficult time for the state and if you believe in public service this is when you want to serve,” he said.