CHICAGO (AP) — A spokesman for former White House chief of staff Bill Daley says the Chicago Democrat is "100 percent in" the 2014 race for Illinois governor.
Daley announced Tuesday that he's formed an exploratory committee to run against Gov. Pat Quinn, a fellow Democrat. The committee allows Daley to begin raising campaign funds.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Tuesday she's "very seriously considering" running. That could set up a Democratic primary involving two members of Illinois' political royal families. Madigan's father is the state's longtime powerful House Speaker.
There's been speculation for months that Daley wouldn't run if Madigan gets in the race. But Daley strategist Pete Giangreco says he's running regardless of what Madigan decides.
Daley has flirted with running for public office before, but has never officially jumped in.