Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced plans Monday to seek re-election, ending months of speculation about her possible run for governor.
“For the last several months, I have considered the best way to continue serving the people of Illinois,” Madigan said in a statement. “Deciding whether to seek reelection or to run for Governor has not been easy.”
Madigan cited her father as the main reason she will not run for governor.
“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,” she said in a statement.
A fourth term as Attorney General will make Madigan the longest-serving attorney general in Illinois history.
A spokesman for Bill Daley's campaign released a statement after Madigan's announcement that read:
"General Madigan's decision not to run now gives voters a clear choice between a proven leader who gets things done and a governor who can't seem to get anything done. Bill Daley looks forward to laying out a clear agenda to improve the lives of people across the state."
Republican candidate Bruce Rauner also released a statement on the announcement.
"On the campaign trail, I’m hearing loud and clear that voters don't want their next governor to come from the world of family dynasties and lifelong politicians," he said in a statement. "It’s clear Lisa Madigan was hearing the same thing. Voters know our opportunity to shake up Springfield is now.”