WASHINGTON -- Bill Daley, a former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, was named Thursday to the transition team for Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner (R).
Daley, who served as Obama's chief from January 2011 to January 2012, said during a press conference Thursday that he is "thrilled" to be part of the Republican's transition team.
"Bruce's love for Illinois and his competitive drive can make it great once again, the second to none," Daley said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Daley mounted a primary challenge against Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) last year, but abruptly withdrew his bid. Rauner defeated Quinn in Tuesday's election.
Daley is the brother of Chicago's longest-serving mayor, Richard M. Daley (D), and also worked as secretary of commerce in the Clinton administration.