CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, the son and brother of former mayors of Chicago, formally announced on Tuesday he is running for governor of Illinois in 2014.
Daley had said on June 11 he was exploring a bid.
“I’m committed to running for governor, there is no exploratory piece of this anymore,” Daley said in a video posted by his campaign on Tuesday.
The announcement sets the stage for a fight for the Democratic nomination for governor between Daley and Governor Pat Quinn.
Daley has been criticizing Quinn for months, saying that the governor has failed to lead a state facing a financial crisis over mounting costs of public sector pensions. Illinois faces an unfunded pension liability of some $100 billion and has the lowest debt rating among the states.
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