Bill Daley Officially Announces Run For Chicago Mayor

Craig Dellimore
September 17, 2018 - 1:01 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Former Commerce Secretary William Daley has made it official, formally launching his candidacy for Mayor of Chicago, the job once held by his father, and his oldest brother.

Bill Daley admits he did once launch only a brief run for Illinois Governor, but he tells WBBM Newsradio this announcement is different. He is in it to stay, because of his deep love for the city of Chicago - a love his whole family shares; but what does he say to people who might ask if Chicago needs another Mayor Daley?

"Well we will find out. Not if you need a Daley, whether or not a Daley, Bill Daley, can help the city. That's all I am asking - for people to be fair. Some people like the Daleys, some people don't, I get it, but I'm not Rich Daley and I'm not Richard J. Daley, I am Bill Daley and judge me on my own," he said.

And he said his experience in the public and private sectors and as a consensus builder make him uniquely qualified for the job.

Bill Daley served as Commerce Secretary under President Bill Clinton and Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama. But he said what triggered his run for mayor was Rahm Emanuel's surprise decision to forgo a third term and his overwhelming love for the city. 

"There's a lot of emotion around this, but that's not the only reason. We have serious problems, we have serious issues. I think my background - consensus building in the private sector and the government service I have been able to give under President Clinton, President Obama, I think it puts me in a unique position," Daley said.