Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) will not run for Senate or governor in 2010, according to the Washington Post.
Madigan was heavily courted by Democratic leaders to run for Senate but always indicated that she was more interested in running for the states top executive job in 2010. Nonetheless, White House officials and other party leaders continued to recruit Madigan in hopes that she would run for President Barack Obamas former Senate seat.
A Madigan candidacy would have likely cleared the field in either race, and her decision leaves Democrats facing a bloody primary next year in the race for the seat currently held by appointed Sen. Roland Burris (D). State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D) announced his candidacy early this year, Chicago Urban League President Cheryle Jackson (D) has opened an exploratory committee and businessman Chris Kennedy (D) the son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D-N.Y.) is expected to enter the race as well. Meanwhile, Burris still hasnt indicated whether he will run for a full term.
For Republicans, Rep. Mark Kirk has been considering a Senate bid, but GOP sources said he was waiting to see what Madigan would do in 2010 before he made a final decision. With Madigan out of the way, he could run for either governor or Senate.
Whats more, according to a Chicago political report on Tuesday, Illinois Republican Party Chairman Andy McKenna was meeting with the National Republican Senatorial Committee in Washington, D.C., this week to discuss a bid. McKenna was one of several Republicans who ran for the open Senate seat in 2004, but he lost in the primary.
Madigan will reportedly announce her decision to run for re-election later Wednesday.