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On Sept. 16, 2013, less than two months after mounting his bid for governor, Daley abruptly exited the race for reasons which he did not immediately specify, although he intimated that it was not due to a lack of confidence in his campaign's odds for succeeding in the election. Daley cited an unanticipated "enormity" factor to the that drove the decision, telling reporters, "I've lost sleep ... and struggling over the last couple weeks over whether or not what's needed I can provide over a long period," he said. "It's not about a campaign of 6 months or 14 months. It really is about a minimum of 5 to nine years to begin to straighten out this state." Daley's withdrawal from the Democratic primary field is a coup for embattled incumbent Pat Quinn, whose bleak re-election prospects stand to improve considerably in the absence of a strong primary challenge.
A banking executive for the majority of his career, Daley has held a number of top-tier positions. These have included President and Chief Operating Officer of Amalgamated Bank of Chicago, Chairman of the Midwest for JPMorgan Chase, and, most recently, he was made head of JPMorgan Chase's Office of Corporate Responsibility.
Daley holds a bachelor's degree from Chicago's Loyola University, and a law degree from John Marshall Law School.
B.A. - Loyola University in Chicago LL.B. - John Marshall Law School
- See also: Illinois gubernatorial election, 2014
Daley was running for election as Illinois Governor in 2014. On September 16, 2013, under two months after formalizing his bid, Daley made the surprising decision to withdraw his candidacy. Had he remained in the race, Daley would have faced incumbent Pat Quinn for the Democratic nomination in the primary election on March 18, 2014. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.
Current incumbent Pat Quinn, a Democrat who ascended from lieutenant governor to governor following Rod Blagojevich's 2009 impeachment, is facing serious concerns about his chances for re-election in 2014. Quinn ran for, and won, a full term in 2010 and is eligible for another four year term. According to multiple outside ratings, Quinn is among the most vulnerable governors heading into the 2014 electoral cycle.
Quinn's 2010 running-mate and first term incumbent Lt. Gov Sheila Simon (D) is also eligible for re-election, but she announced in February 2013 that she would retire the post at the end of her term. Simon said wanted to seek a new office that would allow her to have a "greater impact," and later declared her candidacy to become the next state comptroller. Simon's thinly veiled swipe at the office's unsatisfactory "impact" potential was followed shortly thereafter by the Illinois House of Representatives' approval of a proposal seeking to eliminate the position of lieutenant governor altogether by constitutional amendment. In order for the measure to be passed, it must win approval of both the State Senate and Illinois voters. If the proposal is approved in a statewide public vote, the office will remain intact for one final term following the 2014 election. Quinn said he wanted “a people person,” to replace Simon, and ultimately settled on former Chicago public schools chief Paul Vallas.
The 2014 electoral cycle will mark the first time in Illinois history that candidates for the offices of governor and lieutenant governor will run on a single ticket in the primary election phase. Spurred by the 2010 fiasco where the independently elected Democratic lieutenant gubernatorial nominee Scott Lee Cohen had to drop out of the race after being arrested on charges of steroid use and domestic battery, the law was promptly changed with the notion that the introduction of a dependent selection process will create a stronger perception, right off the bat, of the office's partnership with that of the governor. In theory, allowing governor hopefuls to hand pick their running mates for the primary will induce the campaigns to "better define their priorities for voters and cover more ground as election season gets underway."
As of December 2013, Illinois is one of 13 Democratic state government trifectas. The biggest threat to Quinn winning re-election, then, was expected to have come courtesy of his fellow Democrats, namely William "Bill" Daley, a past U.S. Commerce Secretary and White House chief of staff and attorney general Lisa Madigan. But by September 2013, Quinn had dodged both bullets: First, Madigan, who had been expected to enter the primary race, announced that she would instead seek re-election to her current post. After a brief  Daley, "a member of Chicago's first political family," for his relation to two of Chicago's longest-reigning mayors, abruptly withdrew his bid for the Democratic nomination after a promising first stretch. His departure marked a veritable coup for Quinn, whose bleak re-election prospects improve considerably in the absence of a strong primary challenge.
On Sept. 3, individuals aiming to qualify for a slot on the March 2014 primary ballot began gathering signatures. The filing period for major party primary candidates ended on December 2, 2013, with only one Democrat, Tio Hardiman, filing to go up against Quinn. Candidates from the Republican end include state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, state treasurer Dan Rutherford, venture capitalist Bruce Rauner and Peter Edward Jones. Early polls show Rutherford as the frontrunner for the GOP nomination.
Quinn is the fifth out of a total of forty-six previous Illinois lt. governors to have succeeded to the governorship mid-term. As governor, Quinn has emphasized improving the state government's ethical standards and protecting public-sector labor unions. His tenure thus far has been marred by steep, deeply unpopular budget cuts and tax increases stemming from long-term state debt, among other issues that have factored into his status among the least popular governors facing re-election next year.
|Illinois Governor - 2014 Democratic Primary|
|Poll||Pat Quinn*||Bill Daley||Kwame Raoul (Poll #2 only)||Undecided||Sample Size|
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|CapitolFax/We Are America Poll|
(August 6, 2013)
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- Illinois Dems release details 'pension reform' bill, saving $160B over 30 years - Examiner.com
- Illinois Democrats Wage Class War - Huffington Post
- Shaw Thoughts: Inside the race for Illinois governor - nwitimes.com
- Sir, you live in a glass house - Jacksonville Journal Courier
- A takeover bid - The Capitol Fax Blog (blog)
- Pension reform winner and loser: Gov. Pat Quinn the big winner, Bruce Rauner not - Examiner.com
- A tale of two Chicagos - Al Jazeera America
- Rauner will form new PAC to ?protect? legislators who stand with him - The Capitol Fax Blog (blog)
- Quinn fundraising slows down - Chicago Tribune
- Pension Theft: Class War Goes to the Next Stage - Huffington Post
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- ↑ Chicagobusiness.com, "Daley files paperwork for governor run," June 10, 2013
- ↑ Quinn for Illinois Official Campaign Website, "Home," accessed June 11, 2013
- ↑ Crain's Chicago Business, "Bill Daley makes it official: He's in the race," July 30, 2013
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 New Jersey Herald, "Daley: Exit from race doesn't mean I couldn't win," September 17, 2013
- ↑ Governing, "William Daley Considering Bid for Illinois Governor," December 21, 2012
- ↑ Bill Daley - Democrat for Illinois, 2014 Official Campaign Website, "About Bill," accessed August 7, 2013
- ↑ Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 11, 2012
- ↑ Chicago Tribune, "Simon will not run again for lieutenant governor," February 13, 2013
- ↑ Chicago Magazine, "What Happens After Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon Quits Pat Quinn’s Team," March 26, 2013
- ↑ The Chicago Tribune, "House votes to eliminate lieutenant governor post," April 12, 2013
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 CBS Local - Chicago, "2014 Governor Candidates To Choose Running Mates," August 24, 2013
- ↑ Capitol Fax, "This just in… Lisa Madigan announces reelection bid," July 15, 2013
- ↑ Governing, "William Daley Considering Bid for Illinois Governor," December 21, 2012
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Chicagobusiness.com, "Daley files paperwork for governor run," June 10, 2013
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- ↑ CapitolFax.com, "Capitol Fax/We Ask America Poll - Poll shows Rauner movement," July 8, 2013
- ↑ St. Louis Today, "Illinois Gov. Quinn 2nd least popular incumbent going into 2014," April 9, 2013
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