William M. Daley, President Obama’s chief of staff during 2011, and a banker and attorney, said last week that a top-two primary might be good for Illinois. See this story. Daley has never been elected to public office, but he is the younger brother of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, and son of earlier legendary Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley.
William M. Daley might run for Governor of Illinois in 2014, but if he does, he will probably be forced to run against the incumbent Demoratic Governor, Pat Quinn, who seems to want to run for another term.
This analysis in the Chicago NBC-TV station web page points out that the version of top-two that Daley seems to favor would not be legal under federal law. Daley seemed to propose a system in which, if anyone gets 50% of the vote in the March primary, that person is elected. But the analysis correctly points out that the U.S. Supreme Court already ruled in 1997 in Foster v Love that states must hold congressional elections in all districts in November of even-numbered years. Thanks to Nancy Hanks for the link to the NBC story.