10:45 am - Lisa Madigan to announce she will
run for re-election run for re-election as Attorney General, rather than seek the Governorship or a Senate seat.
* From the Tribune…
Madigan has a 2 p.m. political news conference scheduled at a Chicago hotel.
Madigan’s decision stunned Illinois politicians, who saw her being groomed by her father, powerful Democrat Michael Madigan, for top statewide office in a state where he has been the longest-running speaker of the House.
Democrats in Washington, including her former state Senate seatmate, President Barack Obama, courted her for a U.S. Senate bid for the seat he once held.
“She loves her job as attorney general, that’s the first reason,” said Mary Morrissey, Madigan’s political director told me. “Every day she can make a difference.” […]
The immediate political questions:
*Does Chris Kennedy, the Merchandise Mart mogul and Kennedy clan member move ahead with his planned Senate bid?
*Does Comptroller Dan Hynes run for another term or challenge Quinn?
*Over on the GOP side, everyone is waiting for Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) to announce his plans–for senate, governor or another term in the House.
I picked a heckuva day to take the morning off. Oops. Back on the case now. Many thanks to Wonkish.com for picking up the ball and running with it.