A Democratic State Senator from Elgin is running for governor. Daniel Biss announced live on Facebook today that he is a candidate, then took questions from viewers.
Biss has served in the Illinois legislature since 2011, first in the House and now in the Senate.
He has been an outspoken critic of Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, leading a PAC called “Leading Illinois For Tomorrow.” It paid for millions of dollars in advertising trying to link Rauner with then-candidate Donald Trump in the minds of voters.
In running for governor, Biss gives up his seat in the State Senate, which is up for election next year.
Biss is a former University of Chicago mathematics professor and is married with two children.
He enters a crowded field of Democrats seeking the nomination: others who have announced their intention to run are Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar, Madison County Superintendent of Schools Bob Daiber, and businessmen Chris Kennedy and Alex Paterakis. Billionaire J.B. Pritzker has formed an exploratory committee.