Labor Day marks the start of 2014 Campaign Season

By Vanessa Johnson

September 3, 2013 Updated Sep 3, 2013 at 10:32 AM CDT

Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer, and the unofficial start of the 2014 campaign season.

Illinois' gubernatorial candidates hit the pavement Monday to rally up support for their campaigns.

In Naperville, Governor Pat Quinn and Republican Candidate Kirk Dillard made an appearance at the annual Labor Day Parade. Quinn told reporters he is confident he will win re-election.

"Well, I think I will do very well. I know how to campaign and I know how to organize everyday people and that is what campaigns are all about: making sure folks who work hard and live from paycheck to paycheck have someone in the governor's office who will fight for them," said Quinn.

Quinn is being challenged by Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley. He made a Labor Day appearance in Galesburg.

On the republican ticket is Senator Bill Brady of Bloomington, Senator Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale, Treasurer Dan Rutherford and businessman Bruce Rauner.

State Representative Dan Brady said the primary ticket is a win-win for the entire party.

"Well, we have good candidates in the republican primary. Four candidates right now that have indicated and we will see as petitions are pulled tomorrow. But I think it will be a very good election cycle and a good year for republicans as well," said Dan Brady, (R) 105th District.

The holiday also brought the announcement of some running mates.

Dan Rutherford, informally, announced attorney Steve Kim as his choice for Lieutenant Governor, via Facebook.

Kim is a Korean American and former policy staff member of Governor Jim Edgar. He ran for attorney general in 2010, but lost to incumbent Lisa Madigan.

Rutherford will officially announce Kim as his running mate this Thursday.

Kirk Dillard is expected to announce his running mate, state Representative Jil Tracy in Peoria on Tuesday afternoon.

Tracy is a seven-year lawmaker who formerly worked in the Illinois attorney general's office.

Tuesday is the first day that candidate petitions can be circulated for the March 18 primary election.

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