Kane County state's attorney won't seek attorney general post

Updated 11/1/2017 6:15 PM
  • Joe McMahon

    Joe McMahon

Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon said Wednesday he will not make a primary bid for Illinois attorney general after months of discernment.

Instead, McMahon said he plans to support Republican Erika Harold of Urbana, who's looking to replace outgoing four-term Democrat Lisa Madigan next fall.

McMahon said in a statement "now is not the time for me to seek other public office" and added he has an "incredible job, one that I am thankful for and intend to fulfill my commitment to the people of Kane County."

McMahon's term is set to end in 2020. He was first elected to the post in 2012.

Madigan, a four-term officeholder, announced in surprise move in September she won't seek re-election for fifth term.

On the Democratic side, former Gov. Pat Quinn, state Rep. Scott Drury of Highwood and state Sen. Kwame Raoul of Chicago are among those seeking the party's nomination.

• Daily Herald staff writer Jim Fuller contributed to this report.

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