Potential candidate in the 2014 race for governor, Democrat Bill
Daley, criticized the state's leadership for failing to pass pension reform
legislation before Friday’s adjournment of the Illinois General
Assembly's spring session.
“Where’s the leadership?” former U.S. Commerce Secretary Daley asked the Chicago Tribune.
said Gov. Pat Quinn should have established a compromise between
competing pension reform legislation proposed by House Speaker Michael
Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton.
had different ideas on this bill. So who's the one who's supposed to
forge a compromise? The governor,” Daley said, adding he supported
Madigan’s legislation, SB 1, which saw opposition from labor as it raised the retirement age, changed cost-of-living-adjustments for retirees, and called for a higher contribution from state workers.
The Illinois General Assembly is not scheduled to reconvene before October 22, but Quinn could call legislators back to Springfield for a special session to address pension reform.
going to be honest with you: I was shocked,” Daley said, regarding
Friday’s adjournment without addressing the state’s pension crisis. “The
anticipation was that they would do something on fiscal solvency and
Calling the Statehouse “totally dysfunctional,”
Daley said he doesn’t know how lawmakers keep “kicking the can” down
the road and delaying pension reform.
“We have a governor
who is like an observer, 'It's the legislature's fault.' Well, the
legislature is supposed to compromise by virtue of the governor bringing
the compromise together,” he said.
Daley is the brother
of former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and succeeded Rahm Emanuel as
President Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff. He also served as commerce
secretary during former President Bill Clinton’s time in the White
He said an official announcement declaring his
candidacy for the 2014 gubernatorial race could come in the next couple of weeks.
"I'm inching closer toward action,
as I've said, that I'm seriously considering running,” he told the newspaper. “I'm
more seriously considering this by virtue of the debacle that seemed to
happen with this legislative session."
Other Democratic candidates that could potentially challenge Quinn in the primary include Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
candidates for the GOP nomination include State Sen.
Bill Brady (R-Bloomington), who ran against Quinn in 2010; State Sen.
Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale); and millionaire venture capitalist Bruce
Rauner. Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford officially announced his campaign Sunday.