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Governor's Race Up Next For Illinois

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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.

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There's no rest for Illinois where politics is concerned.

The day after races were called for key seats in the House and Senate, not to mention President Barack Obama's re-election victory, all eyes now turn to the state's 2014 governor's race.

At Obama's Election Night rally at McCormick Place, Gov. Pat Quinn told Ward Room he "of course" is going to run for re-election. He repeated that sentiment when asked again Wednesday.

"I'm the governor," Quinn said with a giggle. "We don't plan to change the title."

Attorney General Lisa Madigan declined to talk about her rumored bid, at least for the time being.

Quinn first took the governor's seat after former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was removed in 2009. Voters narrowly elected him the following year against State Comptroller Daniel Hynes. Madigan, daughter of Michael Madigan, has held the position of attorney general since 2003.

On the GOP side, there are plenty of potential candidates with at least five or six Republicans potentially running for the seat. Names on the docket include: Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford, Sen. Kirk Dillard, Sen. Bill Brady, Rep. Aaron Schock and businessman Bruce Rauner.

Bill Daley isn't ruling out a run either.

The former White House chief of staff told WLS Radio's hosts Wednesday morning he's thought about a gubernatorial bid before and still keeps it in his back pocket.

"I don’t take it off the table, but I think right now, to be very frank with you, the last thing in the world anybody wants to hear about is some race that’s two years down the road,” Daley said.

“I’m not closing the door, and I know that sounds like a politician," he added, "but the fact of the matter is these are tough days, and I think there’s a lot to be done by the legislature.”

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