It's official: Scott Lee Cohen will run again.
Cohen won the Feb. 2 Democratic primary to share the ticket with Gov. Pat Quinn, but he quit days later after it became widely known that he had been accused of abusing his ex-wife and was arrested in 2005 for holding a knife to the throat of an ex-girlfriend.
Cohen has denied the allegations, and charges stemming from his arrest were dropped when the girlfriend did not show up in court.
The pawnbroker politician will now need to collect enough signatures to get on the ballot as an independent.
And in an odd twist of fate, one of Cohen's first tasks will be to find a suitable running mate to take on Quinn and Sheila Simon, the woman who replaced him, and Sen. Bill Brady and Jason Plummer.