State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) told the Chicago Sun-Times on Sunday at an unrelated press event that he would make a final decision on whether to run for Illinois governor in "10 days or so."
state senator, who chairs the state's pension conference committee, previously said he wanted to hold off his decision to run until a pension reform
package was produced. The conference committee, which was put in place
in June, is still working on a reform measure, however, with no
completion date in sight.
something that’s spiraling out of my control," Raoul told the newspaper.
"I don’t think it does the party or the state any good to let it linger
If he decides to run, Raoul would challenge Gov. Pat Quinn and former U.S. Commerce Secretary and White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley in the 2014 Democratic primary.
Republican candidates running for governor include State Sens. Bill
Brady (R-Bloomington) and Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale), millionaire venture capitalist
Bruce Rauner and Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford.