The governorship of Illinois is a terrible job that many people are vying to fill.
It's no secret that Gov. Pat Quinn is struggling in his role as the state's chief executive, targeted by Republicans as well as his fellow Democrats.
The critics are becoming more and more outspoken, and a number of them want Quinn's job.
Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan is said to be considering a run against Quinn in the March 2014 Democratic Party primary. But Chicago's William Daley, the brother and son of two former Chicago mayors, also is starting to speak up as a potential challenger if Madigan doesn't run.
This week, Republicans started making their plans official. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford made an appearance at Willard Airport on Wednesday to explain why he's seeking the GOP gubernatorial nomination. A former member of the Illinois Senate, Rutherford represented part of Champaign County in Springfield.
Also officially in is Chicago businessman Bruce Raumer. He of the deep, deep pockets made his candidacy official after three months of traveling around the state to sample voter sentiments.
State Sen. Kirk Dillard, a Hinsdale Republican, also indicated he'll be running, although he hasn't made an official announcement.
Two other potential candidates, state Sen. Bill Brady, who ran unsuccessfully against Quinn in 2010, hasn't yet announced he's in. Neither has WLS radio host Dan Proft, who unsuccessfully sought the GOP nomination in 2010.
But the race is filling up fast eight months before the primary. With Illinois in such pathetic financial shape, the governor's job may be thankless. But that doesn't mean people aren't lining up for a chance to take Quinn's place.