State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) announced Thursday that he won't run for governor.
did not take lightly the calls for me to join this race and provide
voters with another option," the senator said in a statement.
went on to say that he wants to focus on his duties as the chair of a
legislative conference committee working on pension reform legislation.
He needs to carry out his leadership role to the "best of my abilities
until the job is done," Raoul said.
"While I will not be a candidate for
governor in 2014, I pledge to do my part in this pivotal election to
ensure that all who seek to be Illinois’ next governor hear the voices
of people and communities who have been ignored or marginalized," Raoul
said. "To be their advocate will be a high honor, a worthy calling and a
responsibility sufficient for this day."