Hardiman, the former CeaseFire Illinois director, said he is "seriously
considering" going up against Gov. Pat Quinn as a Democratic candidate
in the 2014 gubernatorial race.
"Some people may think I am
crazy, but I think I would make a great governor. Everywhere I go from
Chicago to Springfield people have been coming up to me asking me to run
for governor, and I may just do that," Hardiman told DNAinfo Chicago,
adding that he would make a final decision on whether to run sometime in
the upcoming months.
Hardiman's announcement comes about a month after he was arrested for allegedly
punching and kicking his wife. His wife dropped the misdemeanor domestic battery charge earlier this month.
told the news site that if he were governor, he would focus on pension
reform and work to fix the state's other fiscal problems. He also said a top
priority would be expanding various job and school opportunities for youth.
a decision like this can be made, I need to have polls done to see what
my chances are for winning. I think Governor Quinn is OK, but it is
time for a change," Hardiman said, according to the site.
Former U.S. Commerce Secretary Bill Daley is also mulling a run in the Democratic primary race for Illinois governor.