Madigan Won’t Discuss Dad’s Role in 2014 Decision

July 17, 2013

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is declining to discuss what conversations, if any, she had with her politically powerful father before deciding not to run for Illinois governor.

Madigan ended months of speculation Monday when she announced she wouldn't challenge Gov. Pat Quinn in 2014.

The Chicago Democrat said she would never run for governor while her father, longtime House Speaker Michael Madigan, remained in his job.

Lisa Madigan spoke to reporters Wednesday for the first time since her announcement.

Asked if her father had considered stepping down so she could run, Madigan declined to elaborate about her decision making process.

"There's a process that I went through in terms of evaluating how I could best continue to serve the people of the state of Illinois," she said.  "Obviously, that involved private conversations that I will not be going through with you publicly."

She said she evaluated how best she could serve the people of Illinois.   Madigan plans to seek another term as attorney general.

Story source: AP