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Daley joins potentially crowded field to challenge incumbent Democrat

 

CHICAGO -- Another Daley is a step closer to a high-profile political race.

William Daley, the son of one long-time Chicago mayor and the younger brother of another, is forming an exploratory committee as he lays the groundwork for a 2014 challenge to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.

"We need leadership that gets things done," he said in an online video released today. "The people of Illinois can't wait."

Quinn, who succeeded Rod Blagojevich in January 2009 after the scandal-tarred governor was impeached, presides over a state that has the lowest credit rating in the nation, one of the biggest unfunded public pension funds in America and owes about $7 billion in unpaid bills.

He is one of the most unpopular governors, with a disapproval rating as high as 55 percent in some polls.

In a statement, the Quinn campaign touted what it views as his accomplishments, including a statewide construction program and implementing President Obama's health-care reform in Illinois.

"The governor is focused on working hard for the people of Illinois," the said read. "There will be plenty of time for politics in the future."

Daley, who was Obama's White House chief of staff and President Bill Clinton's Commerce Secretary, may not be Quinn's only challenger. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is also mulling a race. She's a member of another prominent Illinois political family, the daughter of House Speaker Michael Madigan.

On the Republican side, State Treasurer Dan Rutherford and businessman Bruce Rauner have already announced candidacies. U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has said he would not run.

The primary election is in March.