State Senator Bill Brady is officially running for governor

By WEEK Producer

June 26, 2013 Updated Jun 27, 2013 at 10:46 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- For a third time, Republican Senator Bill Brady of Bloomington has announced he's a candidate for Governor.

Brady started his campaign fly-around in Chicago on Wednesday.

"It's time to finish what we started four years ago," he said.

Four years ago, Brady lost his run for the governor's mansion by less than one percent of the total vote. He carried all but four of Illinois' 102 counties, but failed to get the heavily populated Chicago region.

In Wednesday's announcement, Brady concentrated heavily on economic issues, saying that "with the proper leadership, Illinois can prosper".

He says his 2010 campaign gave him state-wide recognition.

"Our polling data shows we're doing very well among primary voters throughout the entire state," said Brady. "That last election moved us, I believe, from a regional candidate who represents one senate district to a candidate who's traveled the entire state and worked with people throughout the state."

Brady now joins three other GOP candidates, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, Chicago businessman Bruce Rauner and state Senator Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale.

Dillard has said he is a candidate but has not officially announced a run for governor.

"I'm the only Republican running for Governor who's done extremely well in the city of Chicago," said Rutherford. "I'm the only Republican who's done very well in the suburbs, and looking at our numbers downstate are dramatically great. I mean they're just phenomenal."

For the Democrats, Bill Daley and Pat Quinn are announced candidates, with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan still a possibility.