Bill Daley

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A member of one of the most famous political families in Chicago says politics are changing and not for the better. Illinois Public Radio's Lauren Chooljian reports.

Bill Daley was the former chief of staff to President Barack Obama. He’s also run for Illinois governor.

Daley says politics have changed so much in the last four years.  They’re nastier, and harder to predict. He says he doesn’t have a clear idea of which Illinois Democrat should run for governor, a popular topic in Philadelphia this week.

Il Democratic Party endorses Quinn for Gov.

Sep 23, 2013
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Last week, Governor Pat Quinn saw his last serious Democratic opponent drop out, leaving him a straight shot to victory in next year's primary. So it was no surprise Sunday when the Democratic Party of Illinois officially endorsed Quinn for re-election. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more.

This year has seen a series of potential challengers to Quinn come and go, most recently former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, who promised a vigorous campaign and repeatedly lashed out at Quinn.

Illinois republican gubernatorial candidates have mixed reactions to Democrat Bill Daley’s decision to drop out of the race. IPR'S Lauren Chooljian reports.

The news about Daley came just weeks after he announced his candidacy. Daley says he realized he wasn’t up for the quote “enormity” of campaigning.

Bill Daley says he’s dropping out of the race for Illinois governor after doing some ”soul searching.” IPR’S Tony Arnold reports on why he wants out. 

Daley has worked on presidential campaigns, a White House chief of staff, U.S. Commerce Secretary, and served on several boards.

Gov. suspends funding for Capitol renovations

Sep 11, 2013
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Governor Pat Quinn has suspended funding for future renovations at the Capitol, a pricey project that's already caused embarrassment for financially-shaky Illinois and raised questions about how it was allowed. 

Quinn and Daley begin attacks

Sep 11, 2013

The Illinois gubernatorial primary might be months away, but two top Democratic candidates are already battling it out in public. IPR'S Lauren Chooljian reports.

Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley has laid out a laundry list of reasons why he thinks Governor Pat Quinn isn’t quote, "up for the job." Daley says Quinn hasn’t done enough to fix a backlog of FOID card applications, he accused him of not meeting with the joint pension committee, and says the governor hasn’t done enough to reduce unemployment.

Today is the first day candidates for elected office in Illinois can start gathering signatures to get on next year’s primary ballot. IPR'S Alex Keefe reports how some Republican candidates spent their holiday.

NAT: (Marching band scales...)

An appointment to the Chicago Transit Authority board is the latest issue to spark a debate between Bill Daley and Governor Pat Quinn. 

A top Illinois Democrat says he's not choosing sides in the Governor's race, where incumbent Pat Quinn is facing a challenge from former U.S. Commerce Secretary Bill Daley. IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports:


Jesse White was first elected Secretary of State in 1998, a position he's running for again in 2014. The Chicago Democrat told Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky that's what's determining his stance on the race at the top of the ballot, as Governor Pat Quinn faces primary opposition from Bill Daley. But before they talked politics, White told Vinicky about why he believes three new laws the governor signed Monday  will make the roads safer including one that builds on his graduated drivers' license program for teens.  

Bill Daley officially announces run for governor

Jul 30, 2013

Tuesday former commerce secretary and investment banker Bill Daley says he's officially running for Illinois governor. But this comes nearly two months after Daley said he was already "totally committed" to the race. So IPR’s Brian Mackey asks: did anything really change?


Bill Daley says he wants to eliminate the agency that oversees all other transit agencies around Chicago.

Daley says he wants to see IL's income tax drop

Jul 23, 2013

A candidate for Illinois governor says he wants to see the state’s income tax rate drop in 2015. Democratic challenger Bill Daley says two years ago, the legislature approved a hike in the income tax rate. He’d allow that hike to expire in two years.

Quinn turns focus to Daley

Jul 17, 2013

With Attorney General Lisa Madigan out of the race for Governor, incumbent Pat Quinn turned his focus to another potential opponent, Bill Daley.  As IPR’S Amanda Vinicky it's an early indication of the campaign to come.

Republicans have a somewhat crowded field of four candidates hoping to be Illinois' next Governor. For now, though, Democrats have only two: former U.S. Commerce Secretary Bill Daley and Governor Pat Quinn.

A candidate for Illinois governor says politicians should be limited as to when they can raise campaign cash.

Bill Daley attacks rivals on pension reform

Jun 17, 2013

Bill Daley is attacking his Democratic rivals ahead of next year’s race for Illinois governor. His main beef with them - how they’ve handled proposed reforms to the state’s retirement systems. IPR’S Tony Arnold reports.

Daley says incumbent Governor Pat Quinn hasn’t been a good leader on what many call the top issue facing Illinois, cutting the state’s 100 billion dollar pension debt.

Political scientist says not to underestimate Quinn

Jun 12, 2013

Politicians looking to take over the governor's mansion have gotten a lot of attention lately, but a politician scientist warns not to discount the man occupying it now.  IPR’S Amanda Vinicky has more.

Most voters are less than impressed by Governor Pat Quinn's performance and according to polls, they haven't been for a while. Which helps explain why he's got so many challengers.