Gov. Blagojevich has a major fund-raiser in Chicago on Thursday, in a big fund-raising week done with no transparency. On Monday, Blagojevich headlined a fund-raiser at the Hyatt on Wacker aimed at female donors. Labor leader Margaret Blackshere was the m.c.
This comes as colleague Fran Spielman reported Wednesday on the interest William Daley--mayoral brother, former Commerce Secretary, Obama advisor, banker-- has in running for governor. (Hat tip Richard Miller for scoop). Daley mulled a run in 2002, working with David Axelrod, now Obama's chief strategist. Hard to imagine Daley running for governor without Axelrod. I've heard that Daley has been chatting with people about a possible run.
Here's my list of Democrats assessing a 2010 run for governor of Illinois whether or not the scandalized Blagojevich seeks a third term.
Alexi Giannoulias, state treasurer
Dan Hynes, state comptroller
Pat Quinn, lt governor
Lisa Madigan, attorney general
Paul Vallas, former Chicago, Philadelphia schools chief who ran in 2002 primary.