Madigan Won't Run

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she'll seek another term instead of running for governor next year.
She says in a statement she considered mounting a challenge to Gov. Pat Quinn, a fellow Democrat, but decided against the idea.
Madigan says one factor in her decision is that her father, Mike Madigan, is the speaker of the state House. She says the state would not be well-served with a governor and speaker from the same family.

Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley's campaign spokesman says Lisa Madigan's decision not to run for Illinois governor gives voters "a clear choice" in the Democratic primary next spring.
Daley wants to unseat incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn.
Daley’s spokesman Pete Giangreco says a two-way primary pits "a proven leader" against "a governor who can't seem to get anything done." He says Quinn has been unable to solve Illinois' pension woes.
Lisa Madigan's decision may have put a cramp into the plans of at least two Democratic politicians — state Sen. Kwame Raoul and Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon.
Raoul, who replaced Barack Obama in the senate, has made clear he would make a bid for the attorney general's office if Madigan makes a run for governor. Simon made similar plans.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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