PEORIA - Congressman Aaron Schock (IL-17) has decided he will not run for governor of Illinois in 2014, spokesman Steven Shearer confirmed to Illinois Review Thursday night. Schock is expected to make a formal announcement as to his decision on Friday.
Those Republicans speculated to still be interested in a 2014 bid are Chicago businessman Bruce Rauner, State Senator Bill Brady, State Treasurer Dan Rutherford and State Senator Kirk Dillard.
Update x1: Press release as of 12:02 AM - Aaron Schock has chosen to run for re-election to Congress in 2014
(PEORIA, IL) Last fall Congressman Aaron Schock said he was considering whether he could do the most good by running for re-election to Congress or by running for Governor of Illinois. After carefully considering both options, today he is announcing that he has chosen to run for Congress again in 2014.
Update x2: State Treasurer Dan Rutherford comments on Schock's decision -
Congressman Aaron Schock announced today he will not seek the Republican nomination for governor in 2014. I thank him for his passion and commitment to our great state. Congressman Schock is a strong, valuable voice in common sense conservatism. He is a proven leader in our party today and is our party's future. We can all be thankful that Congressman Schock will continue to serve in a prestigious and influential role in the United States Congress.