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2014 Illinois Governor’s Race

A few people have already thrown their hats in the ring for the 2014 Illinois governor’s race.

A pair of Republicans, Treasurer Dan Rutherford and wealthy venture capitalist Bruce Rauner, have already kicked off their gubernatorial campaigns.

As for the Democrats, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will face a challenger in his own party: Bill Daley, President Barack Obama’s former Chief of Staff, says he’s also running for governor.

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By Rick PearsonClout Street

Cook County’s top Democrats overwhelmingly endorsed incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn for re-election Friday in a repudiation of the primary challenge offered by an absent Bill Daley, the son and brother of two former mayors.

Party leaders in the state’s most powerful Democratic county also narrowly rebuffed efforts by 28th Ward Ald. Jason Ervin to win endorsement for state treasurer over heavily favored state Sen. Mike Frerichs of Champaign. After the loss, Ervin agreed to back Frerichs.

Though Quinn’s endorsement by county Democratic slatemakers wasn’t surprising, the totality of its backing was. Some Democratic officials had expected a hefty number of votes to not endorse a candidate for governor in favor of an open primary contest — particularly while state Sen. Kwame Raoul of Chicago ponders whether to become the lone African-American candidate in the campaign.

Like Daley, Raoul also did not appear at the gathering of 50 Chicago ward and 30 suburban township Democratic committeemen or their surrogates.

John Daley, Bill Daley’s brother and 11th Ward committeeman, said a Raoul candidacy could end up helping his brother’s challenge to Quinn — reflecting a widely held belief that it could strip Quinn of support from black voters. John Daley quickly added that a Raoul candidacy was the senator’s “decision to make” and there is no effort by Bill Daley’s campaign to get him in the contest.

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley did not win slating in his successful 1980 bid for state’s attorney, noted John Daley, a Cook County commissioner.

“In the end, the voters of this state will decide who is the next governor and I believe Bill will be a strong candidate, bringing his case to the people of the state,” said John Daley, who added that the county Democratic endorsement of Quinn had been viewed as a foregone conclusion.

Quinn, who launched his public career as an outsider more than three decades ago railing at political insiders, said the slatemakers are part of the grassroots politics that he advocates.

“People here go door to door, they knock on doors, they make phone calls, they turned out the vote. That’s how I won the election in 2010,” said Quinn, who won four of the state’s 102 counties — led by Cook County — in narrowly defeating Republican state Sen. Bill Brady.

“There are lots and lots of volunteers who are in these organizations and they believe in the cause, they believe in President (Barack) Obama as I do,” Quinn added.

Invoking the name of Obama, the home state president from Kenwood, became a constant theme among the Democratic contenders, hoping the linkage could help generate turnout in a non-presidential election. Obama’s name atop the ticket in 2012 and some beneficially drawn new districts helped Democrats gain congressional seats and veto-proof majorities in the Illinois House and Senate.

“He is our president. He’s from here in Illinois and I know he wants to see Democrats elected and we’re going to strive to do it,” said Joe Berrios, the county assessor who also is chairman of the county Democratic Party.

Down ballot, Frerichs, in his seventh year as a state lawmaker, found his anticipated endorsement challenged by Ervin, a West Side alderman. Frerichs narrowly got the backing of a subcommittee charged to recommend candidates to the full panel of slatemakers, though many African-American committeemen, including Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, initially backed Ervin.

“I feel confident that the Democratic Party is going to present a slate that has ethnic, gender, racial and geographical diversity,” said Frerichs, who noted the contenders for governor have yet to pick their running mates under a new state law that requires them to run as a team in the March 2014 primary.

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Democrat Bill Daley is making his campaign for governor official.

Starting today, people may see a new campaign video on TV.

Daley is changing his exploratory committee’s name to “Bill Daley for Illinois.”

He’s set to make that filing with the Illinois State Board of Elections today.

Daley will face Governor Quinn  who is expected to seek re-election.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has decided not to run for governor.

Instead, she will seek a fourth term as the state’s top legal officer.

In a statement she says, in part:  “The state would not be well-served by having a governor and Speaker of the House from the same family. “

Her father, Mike Madigan, still wants to keep his job as Speaker.

Here is Lisa Madigan’s full statement: 

“For the last several months, I have considered the best way to continue serving the people of Illinois. Deciding whether to seek reelection or to run for Governor has not been easy.  I love my job as Attorney General and continue to be excited about the important work we are doing and what we can do for people and families in the years ahead.  I considered running for Governor because of the need for effective management from that office and the frustration so many of us feel about the current lack of progress on critical issues facing Illinois.

Ultimately, however, there has always been another consideration that impacts my decision. I feel strongly that the state would not be well served by having a Governor and Speaker of the House from the same family and have never planned to run for Governor if that would be the case.  With Speaker Madigan planning to continue in office, I will not run for Governor.

I have been honored to have so many people across Illinois voice their support for me as I considered this decision.  I look forward to continuing to fight for everyone in Illinois as Attorney General.”

State Sen. Kirk Dillard will officially announce Monday that he is making another run for Illinois Governor.

The Republican from Hinsdale ran in 2010, but narrowly lost the primary to state Sen. Bill Brady.

Dillard plans to fly-around Illinois Monday and Tuesday, to re-introduce himself to voters.

He’ll start at his childhood home in Chicago Monday morning, then visit the Quad Cities and Decatur.

On Tuesday, the tour continues with stops in Peoria, Murphysboro and Rockford.

Former Governor Jim Edgar is joining him for part of the tour.

Dillard is the fourth GOP member to announce a challenge to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn since June, joining state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, state Sen. Bill Brady and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is getting involved in Illinois politics again, throwing his support behind a candidate for governor.

Bill Daley released a video endorsement from Bloomberg Tuesday morning.

Bloomberg calls Daley “uniquely qualified” to be Illinois governor, and touted Daley’s support for “common sense” gun restrictions.

Bloomberg’s gun-control super pac pumped millions into this spring’s special election  to replace former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.

The candidate he backed is now Congresswoman Robin Kelly of Matteson

Illinois Republican senator Bill Brady will make a second run for the Governor’s office.

Brady was the GOP nominee in 2010, but he lost a narrow race to Pat Quinn; he’ll kick off his campaign this morning at Chicago’s Wit Hotel, then make campaign stops in Springfield, Marion and Bloomington.

Brady is pro-life, anti-gay-marriage, and pro-death-penalty; he believes public schools should teach the Bible; and he says lowering the state’s minimum wage would encourage businesses to hire more people.

Bill Daley is making his first attempt at elected office in a state whose problems, he says, are purely political. Daley says that those running Illinois are holding it back, mainly Governor Pat Quinn.

“We have the second highest unemployment in the country, one of the worst education systems, we have tremendous assets but we can’t seem to get out of our own way,” said Daley.

The ability to lead is what Daley, 64, identifies as the quality he most admired in his dad and in his brother — two former Chicago mayors. He also says he learned a lot of leadership from his two former bosses in the White House.

“Neither Bill Clinton nor Barack Obama hesitate to lead, and I think that’s an enormous difference between them and those who have the opportunity to serve but don’t take advantage of it,” Daley said.

Daley’s most recent stint in Washington as White House Chief of Staff was short, as he served from January 2011 to January 2012.

Daley’s decision to run may speed up a decision from Attorney General Lisa Madigan. With money in the bank, she would be the likely frontrunner in what could be a three way primary. Daley says she would have to answer how she would bring about good government as governor, with her father still serving as Speaker of the House.

Daley waited to run, he says, until his brother was no longer mayor. He insists that he is his own man, despite carrying a name Chicagoans have known for generations.

“I don’t come from the Springfield milieu that seems to be rather dysfunctional right now,” Daley said.

Another politician throws his hat in the ring for the Illinois’ governor’s race.

State Senator Kirk Dillard told our Paul Lisnek this morning on WGN Radio that he’s ready to run.

Dillard is the third Republican to announce his bid to become the Governor of Illinois. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford and businessman Bruce Rauner also are in the race for the party’s nomination.

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.

Bill Daley launching campaign for IL GovernorHe’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.

billdaleyGov. Pat Quinn will have a challenge from his own party when he seeks re-election.

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.

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