SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) – He’s been Commerce Secretary under President Clinton and President Obama’s Chief of Staff. Now Bill Daley wants to be the governor of Illinois.
The son and brother of former Chicago mayors, Daley is the first Democrat to officially seek the nomination for governor.
He calls incumbant Democrat Pat Quinn a “decent and honest guy” who took over at a tough time for the state but he isn’t shy about challenging him in the March primary.
“If you believe the state’s in trouble and needs new leadership, I don’t think you just walk away and say because you may be of the same party, that’s reason to ignore it,” Daley says.
Daley, a high-profile Chicago banker, says as governor he would formulate a bipartisan pension reform plan and do a better job linking education and business in building a new economy.
“We have a dynamism and we’ve got to get that in Illinois and we’ve got to make that connection between schools and the education system and the business community, of which I’ve spent most of my career,” he said.