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Illinois attorney general won't seek re-election in 2018

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  • FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2017 file photo, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, accompanied  by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, left, and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks at a news conference in Chicago. Attorney General Madigan says she's not seeking re-election for a fifth term next year. The Chicago Democrat made the announcement Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, reversing previous public statements that'd run again in 2018. In the statement she says it's time to seek a "new challenge." Her term ends in January 2019.(Rich Hein/Sun Times via AP File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2017 file photo, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, accompanied by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, left, and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks at a news conference in Chicago. Attorney General Madigan says she's not seeking re-election for a fifth term next year. The Chicago Democrat made the announcement Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, reversing previous public statements that'd run again in 2018. In the statement she says it's time to seek a "new challenge." Her term ends in January 2019.(Rich Hein/Sun Times via AP File)
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CHICAGO -- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced Friday that she won't seek re-election to a fifth term, reversing previous public statements that she would run again in 2018.

"As I look ahead, I believe that the end of my fourth term as Attorney General will be the right time for me to seek a new challenge," the Chicago Democrat said in a statement. "I have dedicated my career to helping people. That will continue to be my focus, and I am looking forward to finding new ways to do that with the passion that I have brought to my work as Attorney General."

Madigan, who wasn't immediately available for an interview, didn't detail her future plans.

Four years ago, she briefly considered a gubernatorial run, but announced that she'd seek re-election for attorney general instead. She is the daughter of longtime Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and in a 2013 statement said Illinois wouldn't be "well-served by having a governor and speaker of the House from the same family."

Michael Madigan said Friday that his daughter has always stood up for what's right and noted that she's helped pass laws that help victims of sexual assault and fought for homeowners.

"No father could be prouder of his daughter's personal and professional accomplishments, and I look forward to watching her continue her commitment to helping people in a new capacity," he said in a statement.

After serving in the Illinois Senate, Lisa Madigan was elected Illinois' first female attorney general in a tight race in 2002. She handily won re-election each of the next three elections. In recent years, she's raised her profile on the national stage, working with federal officials on consumer advocacy issues including mortgage and student loan practices.

Madigan said she plans to serve out her term, which ends in January 2019.

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Associated Press writer Sara Burnett contributed to this report.

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