CHICAGO (AP) Former White House chief of staff William Daley has dropped out of the race for Illinois governor.

Spokesman Peter Giangreco confirmed Monday that Daley was ending his bid. The announcement came less than four months after Daley had said he would challenge Gov. Pat Quinn for the Democratic nomination next year.

Daley had criticized Quinn for his handling of the state's pension crisis and other issues.

Giangreco says Daley was questioning whether he wanted to devote the amount of time required for a campaign followed by four years of governing.


The development was first reported by the Chicago Tribune.

Daley's the son and brother of two former Chicago mayors. He had served as chief of staff for President Barack Obama but had never run for public office.