2014 Illinois Governor Candidates

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has several challengers in 2014, including from within his own party.

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Gov. Pat Quinn let there be no question that he would seek re-election, saying in November 2012: "I think I'm doing a good job under the circumstances and want to continue. Current Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon announced in July 2013 that she would run for Illinois Comptroller. Quinn then chose former Chicago Public Schools chief Paul Vallas as his running mate.
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Bill Daley, the brother of former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and the former White House Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama, made his gubernatorial run official on July 30, 2013 after months of speculation.
Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford made his candidacy official on July 2, 2013. The Pontiac Republican says he's the best man to fix the state's pension crisis. He introduced Chicago attorney Steve Kim as his running mate on Sept. 5, 2013.
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Venture capitalist Bruce Rauner officially jumped into the race in June 2013. He introduced Wheaton City Councilwoman Evelyn Sanguinetti as his running mate on Oct. 8, 2013.
After a failed attempt in 2009, Republican Bill Brady said in June 2013 that he'd make another run for the state's highest office.
Illinois State Sen. Kirk Dillard was one of the first to confirm he'd make another run for the governor's office. He named State Sen. Jill Tracey from Quincy as his running mate in September 2013.
Defeated Congressman Joe Walsh hasn't made anything official, but discussed his political future, including a possible gubernatorial run, at a town hall meeting in December 2012.
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Republican U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock in April 2013 decided to forgo a run for Illinois governor and instead seek re-election to Congress.
Illinois State Sen. Matt Murphy abandoned a bid for governor in 2009. He decided against a run in 2014.
Dan Proft (R) didn't do well in his race for the governor's office in 2009, but said in April 2013 that he was raising money. He later said he would not run for governor in 2014.
There'd been speculation that Illinois Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno would join the race for 2014. She decided against it.
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Illinois Attorney General ended months of speculation on July 16, 2013 when she announced she would not run against Gov. Pat Quinn and would instead seek re-election as the state's top cop.
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State Senator Kwame Raoul decided against a challenge to fellow Democrats Pat Quinn and Bill Daley when he announced on August 29, 2013 that he would not run for governor.
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