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Nothing Schocking: Aaron Sounds Like He's Running for Gov

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    Peoria congressman, just 31 years old, is considering taking on Gov. Pat Quinn and throwing sharp criticism at the candidates who've run in the past and lost. Mary Ann Ahern reports.

    Peoria Rep. Aaron Schock says he's considering a run for Illinois governor and hopes some of the other potential GOP candidates will step aside.

    "The less bloodletting, the better," said Schock, who has been a rumored name on the gubernatorial candidate list for some time. Others include state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, Sen. Kirk Dillard, Sen. Bill Brady and businessman Bruce Rauner.

    Quinn Running For Re-Election? "Of Course"

    [CHI] Quinn Running For Re-Election? "Of Course"
    Is Gov. Pat Quinn running for re-election? "Of course," Quinn said with a giggle. "I'm the governor. We don't plan to change the title," he told reporters Wednesday at an unrelated event.

    At only 31 years old, Schock said age will not be a factor in his decision to run. He was only 18 when elected to an Illinois school board and went on to become one of the state's youngest legislators on record.

    He suggested Thursday that while "I cannot tell them not to run" some of those from his own party who ran before are wasting their time.

    Daley Still Not Sure if He'll Take on Quinn

    [CHI] Daley Still Not Sure if He'll Take on Quinn
    The Illinois governor's race is a year away, and while he hasn't made a decision, Bill Daley says he's very interested and may run. Mary Ann Ahern reports.

    It looks like the race might be crowded either way.

    Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley has said he's looking into a bid for the govenor's seat and reports surfaced this week of Attorney General Lisa Madigan "strongly considering" running herself.

    As for current Gov. Pat Quinn, he says "of course" he's running for re-election. "I'm the governor," Quinn has said. "We don't plan to change the title."