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Madigan to seek re-election, not run for governor

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has reversed herself regarding her powerful father, longtime chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party. Madigan now says she won't ever run for governor, as long as Mike Madigan is Speaker of the House. Instead, she'll focus on running for re-election as Attorney General.

In 10 1/2 years as Illinois's attorney general, she's focused heavily on consumer issues, has mostly avoided discussing the state's chronic corruption and has sometimes gone for months without talking to reporters.

Until recently, Lisa Madigan's strategy was working: giving her strong job approval numbers, making her an early favorite in the race for governor. More recently, though: signs of political trouble, for her and her father, who's represented the South Side in Springfield for nearly 45 years.

In a written release, she said: "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. With Speaker Madigan planning to continue in office, I will not run for governor."

While that contradicted what Lisa Madigan told reporters a few weeks ago -- that her father would not have to retire for her to run -- rival Bill Daley was already moving to the next round against Governor Pat Quinn.

Said a Daley spokesman: "Voters (now have) a clear choice between a proven leader who gets things done and a governor who can't seem to get anything done."

A campaign advisor with close ties to all the Democrats is David Axelrod. For several months, he said that controversies involving Speaker Madigan would probably prevent his daughter from running.

On Monday night, Axelrod tweeted: "Lisa Madigan would have been a strong candidate for Illinois governor. With her out, look for Quinn-Daley donnybrook for the Democratic nomination."

Madigan's exit from the race leaves former White House chief of staff Bill Daley, who's formed an exploratory committee. On the Republican side, State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, venture capitalist Bruce Rauner and state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard have announced they're running.

Quinn hasn't spoken widely about his plans for 2014, saying only that he's focused on doing his job as governor and is ready for any challenger.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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