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Madigan decision to seek re-election roils Dems

Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 7:25 a.m. CST

CHICAGO — The decision by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to seek re-election may have put a cramp into the plans of at least two Democratic politicians — state Sen. Kwame Raoul (KWAH'-may RAW'-ool) and Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon.

Raoul has made clear he would make a bid for the attorney general's office if Madigan ran for governor.

Raoul planned to ramp up his fundraising efforts after the close of the last Legislative session.

Simon has long made it known her political future won't include re-election next year. However, she hasn't been clear on what office she might seek instead. Simon has touted her legal background.

Madigan announced Monday she wouldn't run for governor because her father, Speaker Michael Madigan, wants to keep his job.

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