CHICAGO - Thursday, the Daily Herald reports State Senator Kirk Dillard is interested in running for governor in 2014. Before Tuesday's election, Chicago investor Bruce Rauner gave hints to the Tribune that he's preparing for a bid, too. Rauner began in earnest during the days leading up to the election donating thousands to Republican candidates' campaigns. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford has made it clear for months his next step is a run for governor.
Congressman Joe Walsh hinted he's interested on Wednesday, and Congressman Aaron Schock hasn't been shying away from discussing the possibilities, either. Schock gathered the most votes in his district Tuesday, the seventh highest district vote accumulation in the nation, while Walsh lost to Axelrod/Emanuel/Durbin/Obama pick Tammy Duckworth.
WLS AM 890 talk show host Dan Proft is still holding onto nearly half a million in his 2010 "Proft for Governor" coffers, and For the Good of Illinois' Adam Andrzejewski was financially and personally involved in several legislative campaigns throughout the state, strongly pushing a message of transparency.
Whether officially or not, the 2014 gubernatorial race has begun. Public speculation is always the first step. What other names to you expect to hear in the coming days as possible candidates to challenge Governor Pat Quinn in 2014?