Bill Daley, brother of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, has announced he’s running for Illinois governor in the Democratic primary.
Daley filed a D-1 form Tuesday with the Illinois State Board of Elections to run for Governor.
Daley says Springfield needs new leadership after it failed on issues like gay marriage, pension reform, and gun control.
Daley served as chief of staff to President Obama after Rahm Emanuel left to run for mayor.
He was also commerce secretary for President Clinton.
Governor Quinn’s campaign released a statement in response to Daley’s announcement.
“Gov. Pat Quinn has a strong record of getting big things done for the people of Illinois,” the release said.
“With the primary in March, the governor is focused on working hard for the people of Illinois – there will be plenty of time for politics in the future.”
Another high-profile Democrat, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, is also said to be considering a run.