What’s in a name, but for Bill Daley, there is plenty in a name. It is now official as the announcement was made today, that Bill Daley is running for governor of Illinois and changing the name of his campaign, officially changing and tearing off the “exploratory” label. Daley’s political committee name has changed from the William M. Daley Exploratory Committee to Bill Daley for Illinois, in filing an amended D-1 with the Illinois State Board of Elections.
The race is on for the Democratic nomination for governor, and thus far the only two candidates in the race are Bill Daley, former chief-of-staff to President Barack Obama, and the incumbent Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.
Bill Daley will have to clear a number of hurdles to just be in contention, the highest hurdle being an attempt to take down an incumbent governor. It is Governor Quinn that holds the giant megaphone in the state of Illinois, using every inch of his incumbency. Governor Quinn takes every opportunity to being the “governor,” as he showcases major projects underway. Yesterday alone, Governor Quinn made four stops in various parts of the state of Illinois.
Early in the morning yesterday, Governor Quinn welcomed the Stanley Cup back to the state’s capitol at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, as it returns to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks’ second NHL Championship win in four seasons.
In late morning yesterday, Governor Pat Quinn made what he called a “major grant announcement that will help improve higher education in Central Illinois while creating thousands of construction jobs for the state’s workers.” That was held in Peoria at Bradley University.
Sticking with his “education” theme,” Governor Pat Quinn made another “major grant announcement that will help improve higher education in the Quad Cities area while creating thousands of construction jobs for the state’s workers.” This one was held at Augustana College in Rock Island.
Quinn ended the day announced two more projects in the Illinois Clean Water Initiative (CWI), this one in Rockford. The Illinois CWI is part of a $1 billion dollar water initiative with the help of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Yes, the battle will be tough for Bill Daley as he not only fights for precious “earned media” with Governor Quinn, but he also must deal with the questions about his family name “Daley.”
Meanwhile, Bill Daley’s campaign manager Pete Giangreco has told the media that the campaign has filed an amended D-1 with the Illinois State Board of Elections officially changing his committee name from the William M. Daley Exploratory Committee to Bill Daley for Illinois.
There is also a video that has been released.
In the video, Bill Daley pledges to work “on behalf of the all 12 million people” of Illinois “every day, seven days a week.”
“So I’m committed to running for Governor, there is no exploratory piece of this anymore. The response I’ve gotten from people throughout the state has been very positive, and one of the things I want to bring is a different way and an openness to Springfield that hasn’t been there,” said Daley, in a video released on his campaign website.
Bill Daley added in the video that “It’s up to us Democrats to be there to help them,” referring to the 12 million people of Illinois.
The campaign reported that Bill Daley has reported “raising $800,000 in the first 19 days of his campaign, attracting nearly 1,700 likes on Facebook and collecting over 600 Twitter followers. He has visited 11 counties so far on the campaign.”
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