Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has decided not to run for governor.
Instead, she will seek a fourth term as the state’s top legal officer.
In a statement she says, in part: “The state would not be well-served by having a governor and Speaker of the House from the same family. ”
Her father, Mike Madigan, still wants to keep his job as Speaker.
Here is Lisa Madigan’s full statement:
“For the last several months, I have considered the best way to continue serving the people of Illinois. Deciding whether to seek reelection or to run for Governor has not been easy. I love my job as Attorney General and continue to be excited about the important work we are doing and what we can do for people and families in the years ahead. I considered running for Governor because of the need for effective management from that office and the frustration so many of us feel about the current lack of progress on critical issues facing Illinois.
Ultimately, however, there has always been another consideration that impacts my decision. 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. With Speaker Madigan planning to continue in office, I will not run for Governor.
I have been honored to have so many people across Illinois voice their support for me as I considered this decision. I look forward to continuing to fight for everyone in Illinois as Attorney General.”