2014 Illinois Governor race speculation begins

By WEEK Producer

November 8, 2012 Updated Nov 9, 2012 at 10:31 AM CDT

ILLINOIS -- Now that Election 2012 is over and done with, politicians are casting their eyes on 2014 and the Illinois Governor's race. Wednesday, Pat Quinn certainly hinted he'll run again.

Thursday, Republican State Senator Kirk Dillard said he is in the running for Governor.

Dillard lost in the 2010 GOP primary election to Bloomington Senator Bill Brady in an extremely close race. Now, Dillard has become the first Republican to announce his candidacy for 2014.

He will not be the last.

"Let me just say bluntly it's an option that's out there," said Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford.

"I'm certainly going to take a very serious look at it after the first of the year," said Senator Bill Brady.

"If there's an interest in me running, I'm interested in helping the state turnaround," said Senator Matt Murphy of Palatine.

Add to those faces, Senator Dan Duffy of Lake Barrington and Chicago Businessman Bruce Rauner, a conservative who has Mayor Rahm Emanuel's ear, could throw their hat in the ring as well.

Some of these faces could change if Democrat William Daley, former Commerce Secretary and Chief of Staff to Barack Obama decides he wants to be Governor.

And, he's thinking about it.

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