* The nice thing about leaking stuff like this to Sneed is we don’t hear about such pesky problems as the bungled Koschmann case and the disastrous 60 Minutes interview. Instead…
Sneed hears Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez is talking with pollsters about exploring a run for Illinois attorney general in the 2014 primary election. . . . if Attorney General Lisa Madigan decides to run for governor.
◆ The bankshot: Sneed is told Madigan is already lining up bigbucks Dem fundraisers — a k a high-priced legal eagles — to back her bid for governor in the Dem primary. “She’s running,” said a top Sneed source.
◆ The sureshot: Word is Alvarez, who was a prosecutor in the trenches for nearly 20 years before becoming state’s attorney, is putting out feelers.
◆The upshot: Watch the state ticket to be heavy in the Dem femme category if Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon decides to run for state comptroller.
Background on that bizarre 60 Minutes interview can be found here and here. If she runs, African-American politicians are gonna be up in arms. Guaranteed.
Also, I’d love to see a poll pitting Sheila Simon against Judy Baar Topinka. Hey, wait. I have a pollster. Hmm.
And one other thing. I’ve been saying privately that I was about 70 percent convinced that Lisa Madigan would not run for reelection and/or will run for governor. I’m up to 80 percent these days.