Daley officially a candidate in 2014 governor's race

Published: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 10:45 a.m.CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 10:49 a.m.CDT
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FILE - In this June 17, 2013 file photo, former White House chief of staff Bill Daley speaks at a news conference in Chicago. Daley is making his Illinois gubernatorial bid official and set to file paperwork Tuesday, July 30, 2013, with the Illinois Board of Elections. So far, he is Gov. Pat Quinn's only 2014 Democratic primary challenger. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

CHICAGO – Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley is making his Illinois gubernatorial bid official.

He's set to remove his "exploratory committee" label Tuesday by filing paperwork with the Illinois Board of Elections. So far, he's Gov. Pat Quinn's only 2014 Democratic primary challenger.

In a video on his campaign website, Daley says the fact that the state Legislature adjourned in May without finding a solution to the pension crisis or voting on same-sex marriage represents a "dysfunction."

He says he's running because of the positive response he's received and he'll work seven days a week.

The brother and son of two longtime Chicago mayors formed his exploratory committee last month, but has already been acting like a candidate. He's stepped out to criticize Quinn's leadership and made statewide tours.

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