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Better Gov Association: AG Madigan Made Right Call

A government reformer believes Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan made the right call in staying out of the governor’s race.

Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association says that even with Lisa Madigan just considering a run for governor, Illinois voters were already wary of the conflict of interest with her father, Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago).

“As a father of daughters,” Shaw said, “these are relationships that are probably best kept in the personal realm.”

Often a critic of the speaker, Shaw saw a potential ethical dilemma with the father-daughter scenario.

“There’s no empirical evidence that that is bad or wrong,” Shaw said, “but it certainly caused a lot of queasiness with a lot of people in Illinois. She knew that.”

Shaw added that allegations against Speaker Madigan in the Metra scandal may have forced the attorney general to re-think her candidacy.