Gun Issue Inspires Talk of Downstate Gubernatorial Democratic Challenge
But that focused attention on Chicago has only fueled long-standing grievances about living under Chicago governors whose interests are statewide.
The divide isn't new. Still the gun debate has led to buzz among downstate Democrats about finding their own 2014 gubernatorial candidate to compete against Quinn, former White House chief of staff Bill Daley, or possibly Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
Democratic county chairmen outside Chicago say they're frustrated that they've been ignored. But any downstate Democrat would face big obstacles. That includes a quickly-approaching deadline to file petitions, raising money and name recognition.
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