• Gubernatorial candidate lineup growing

    by  • June 4, 2013 • News

    (AP) — Bill Daley may be getting closer to an announcement about a run for governor. The former White House chief of staff says he’ll decide in the next week whether he will challenge Pat Quinn in the Democratic primary.

    Daley says the just-ended legislative session was a “debacle” and Quinn should have done more to resolve the pension crisis and other key issues facing the state. illinois+budget

    Illinois state senator Kirk Dillard says he will announce a race for the Republican nomination for governor within the next few weeks.

    The Hinsdale resident lost the GOP nomination by less than 200 votes in 2010 to fellow Sen. Bill Brady. Brady also is considering another run.

    Dillard says if had he won in 2010, the state would have a pension-crisis solution and no 67 percent income-tax hike. He says Democratic control of the Statehouse — including Gov. Pat Quinn — has led to huge spending increases.

    Dillard has been a state senator for 20 years. He was former Gov. Jim Edgar’s chief of staff. He says he has a long track record of reaching out to Democrats to solve problems.

    Illinois state senator Bill Brady plans to announce within the month that he’s seeking his second Republican nomination for governor.

    The Bloomington businessman and 20-year lawmaker said Tuesday he hopes to make it official by late June.

    Brady hoped to have a solution to the state’s pension crisis first. He says Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn should call lawmakers into a special session to deal with the $97 billion mess after they adjourned Friday without a plan.

    Quinn beat Brady in 2010 by 32,000 votes out of 3.7 million cast.

    Republican state Treasurer Dan Rutherford of Chenoa announced Sunday. Businessman Bruce Rauner says he’ll make his plans known soon.