BLOOMINGTON — State Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington, the 2010 Republican nominee for governor, will formally launch another run for the top job during a statewide tour today (June 26).
The announcement has been expected for months. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn hasn’t formally entered the race but is expected to do so this summer.
Today, Brady will make stops in Chicago, Springfield, Marion and Bloomington, where he will address supporters at 6 p.m. at CJ’s restaurant, which is at the former airport site at 2901 E. Empire St.
“With the right leadership, Illinois can grow and prosper again,” Brady said in a statement Tuesday.
Previously announced Republican candidates include state Treasurer Dan Rutherford of Pontiac and Chicago businessman Bruce Rauner. Announcements are expected from another Republican, state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale, and from Quinn.
Democrat Bill Daley, former chief of staff to President Barack Obama and son and brother of two former Chicago mayors, also has announced. Democrat Attorney General Lisa Madigan is considering a run.
Quinn took office in 2009, elevated by the impeachment of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. He narrowly won election against Brady in 2010 by essentially winning all of the Chicago area but little elsewhere.