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Attorney General Lisa Madigan to Run for Re-Election

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has made up her mind.

Madigan had been considering running for governor, but has now decided to seek election to a fourth term as attorney general.

Madigan has said during the months that she was weighing her political options that she was weighing a number of factors: She said on one hand she was excited by her work in the attorney general’s office, while on the other hand, she thought the state’s dire financial condition might necessitate somebody different in the Executive Mansion.

In the statement announcing her candidacy for re-election, Madigan revealed the biggest factor of all:

“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,” she said.

With her father, Michael J. Madigan, planning to continue in the office of speaker, the attorney general said no to a run for governor.