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Bill Daley Sets 60-Day Deadline for Gov. Run Decision

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    Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley says he'll decide in the next two months if he will run for Illinois governor.

    The Democrat from Chicago spoke at a business luncheon Wednesday in the Chicago suburb of McHenry. He told The Northwest Herald the same thing he's been saying for months: that he's "seriously looking" at running. This time, however, he applied a deadline and said he'd make a decision in 60 days.

    If Daley does run, it would be a major Democratic primary challenge to Gov. Pat Quinn. If Daley and Attorney General Lisa Madigan runs it'll be a nepotism hootenanny. 

    Daley says if he runs he will "have to lay out some specifics."

    During his speech to McHenry County business owners he called Illinois a "fiscal mess" and said state government is "dysfunctional."

    Daley is the brother and son of past Chicago mayors. He is former chief of staff for President Barack Obama.