Former White House Chief of Staff explores run for Illinois governor

By WEEK Producer

June 11, 2013 Updated Jun 11, 2013 at 7:37 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. – There are 280 days until the next primary election, and the race for Illinois Governor is heating up more and more everyday.

On Tuesday, Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley officially announced he is forming an campaign exploratory committee.

Daley is the first Democratic challenger to Governor Pat Quinn. Republican candidates include state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, Senator Kirk Dillard and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner.

In a campaign video released overnight, Daley cited last month's legislative session as a motivating factor and claimed that "Illinois can't wait for politicians in Springfield to clean up the mess they created".

Daley was President Obama's Chief of Staff in 2011 and served three years as Secretary of Commerce under President Clinton. The political powerhouse has never held an elected office, but his name is synonymous with Chicago politics as Daley's father and brother both served lengthy terms as mayors of Chicago.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, also a Democrat, is still considering a 2014 gubernatorial run. In his campaign video, the 64-year-old Daley seemed to be sending Madigan a message to make up her mind soon.