Illinois AG Madigan Prepping for 2014 Governor Run

Image: Illinois AG Madigan Prepping for 2014 Governor Run File photo of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan testifying during a joint ethics reform committee hearing at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., Feb. 18, 2009. Madigan met with progressive groups in Washington last week, presumably in preparation for a run for governor.

Friday, 08 Mar 2013 12:37 PM

By Cyrus Afzali

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is ramping up for a run for governor, even if it means battling fellow Democrat incumbent Pat Quinn.

Madigan met with progressive groups in Washington last week, including the League of Conservation Voters and EMILY’s List, a group that works to elect women Democrats who support abortion rights, Politico reports.

Officials with both organizations, and in Madigan’s camp all kept mum on what was discussed.

Madigan, 46, is the daughter of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, and if elected, would be the state’s first female governor.

In a Public Policy Polling survey released late last year, Madigan led Quinn by a massive 64 to 20 percent margin. Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley is also considering a run for the Democratic nomination and also led Quinn in the poll, but by a much smaller margin.

Quinn, 64, was appointed governor in 2009 after the impeachment of Rod Blagojevich. He won election in his own right the following year. He has not yet announced whether he will run again.

Meanwhile, the Republican field is still taking shape. State Sen. Kirk Dillard has already announced plans to run and Bruce Rauner, a Chicago-based private equity executive, has formed an exploratory committee. In addition, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford and U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock are also considering throwing their hats in the ring.



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