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Madigan decision to seek re-election roils Dems

Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 11:13 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 11:19 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO – The decision by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to seek re-election and not run for governor has created a ripple effect among Illinois Democrats weighing 2014 bids.

State Sen. Kwame Raoul had been considering running for attorney general if Madigan didn't seek re-election. He said now that he's not sure if he'll seek another office instead or run for re-election.

Raoul, from Chicago, lawmaker said he first has to deal with Illinois' biggest financial problem. Raoul chairs a panel charged with addressing the state's nearly $100 billion pension crisis.

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon had also been considering a run for attorney general, along with other statewide offices.

Campaign manager Dave Mellet said Simon will make a decision soon. He said state comptroller is among the offices she's eyeing.

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