CHICAGO — Just months ago, former White House chief of staff William Daley was among several influential Democrats threatening primary challenges to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn from within his own party.
But Daley's abrupt decision to drop out of the race now leaves Quinn nearly alone in the Democratic field, free to unite the state's dominant party behind him despite Illinois' enormous financial problems — unless a significant candidate makes a late entry into the race.
Daley spokesman Peter Giangreco said Monday evening that the son of late Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley and brother of former Mayor Richard M. Daley was abandoning what many anticipated would have been a tough campaign to unseat the incumbent. Giangreco said the Chicago Democrat would explain his decision Tuesday morning at a news conference in the city.