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Lisa Madigan decision to seek re-election roils Democrats

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  • Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Monday that she will seek re-election rather than run for governor.

      Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Monday that she will seek re-election rather than run for governor.
    Associated Press/March 2013

 
Associated Press

The decision by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to seek re-election may have put a cramp into the plans of at least two Democratic politicians -- state Sen. Kwame Raoul and Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon.

Raoul has made clear he would make a bid for the attorney general's office if Madigan ran for governor.

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Raoul planned to ramp up his fundraising efforts after the close of the last Legislative session.

Simon has long made it known her political future won't include re-election next year. However, she hasn't been clear on what office she might seek instead. Simon has touted her legal background.

Madigan announced Monday she wouldn't run for governor because her father, Speaker Michael Madigan, wants to keep his job.

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