Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she’ll seek another term instead of running for Illinois governor next year.
In a Monday statement the Chicago Democrat says she’s been considering the decision for months but that she enjoys her current job. She says she considered the gubernatorial run because of the “need for effective management” and frustration from others about a lack of movement on major issues.
Madigan hadn’t given any hints about her decision, telling reporters earlier Monday that she was still thinking it over.
But over the months she’d raised big money and been vague on her plans, fueling talk that she would challenge Gov. Pat Quinn next year.
Her decision to jump out leaves Quinn and former White House chief of staff Bill Daley, who’s formed an exploratory committee.
In a press release issued Monday afternoon, Madigan commented on her decision to seek reelection as Attorney General:
“For the last several months, I have considered the best way to continue serving the people of Illinois. Deciding whether to seek reelection or to run for Governor has not been easy. I love my job as Attorney General and continue to be excited about the important work we are doing and what we can do for people and families in the years ahead. I considered running for Governor because of the need for effective management from that office and the frustration so many of us feel about the current lack of progress on critical issues facing Illinois.
Ultimately, however, there has always been another consideration that impacts my decision. I feel strongly that the state would not be well served by having a Governor and Speaker of the House from the same family and have never planned to run for Governor if that would be the case. With Speaker Madigan planning to continue in office, I will not run for Governor.
I have been honored to have so many people across Illinois voice their support for me as I considered this decision. I look forward to continuing to fight for everyone in Illinois as Attorney General.”