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  Lisa Madigan needs to make up her mind, but she’s going to take her time for 2010
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News DateWednesday, June 3, 2009 05:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionLisa Madigan needs to make up her mind, but she’s going to take her time for 2010

Friday, May 15, 2009
Perhaps it is the advantage of starting out the year with a $3.5 million campaign fund – significantly larger than anyone else considering a political bid in the 2010 elections and more than 20 times larger than that of her most-likely opponent.

Lisa Madigan can take her time to make up her mind as to what elective office she wishes to seek come next year’s elections.

THE TWO-TERM ILLINOIS attorney general is only in her mid-40s. She has the potential for a significant political career ahead of her. And the fact that she, in theory, could crush just about any opponent makes it interesting.

Because a lot of how the ballot for next years’ elections will shape up will be determined by what, exactly,

Madigan chooses to do with herself.

It has never been a secret that Madigan herself would like to be the first female to be elected governor of Illinois. In fact, it was long assumed she would make a bid for the Democratic Party’s nomination in 2010 because of the disgust level felt for Rod Blagojevich.

Any benefit he might have had due to two-term incumbency could have been overcome, it was felt by the Madigan camp.

BUT THERE WAS always the possibility of the U.S. Senate seat from Illinois – first because some people felt that Blagojevich would be conniving enough to give Lisa the “up and out” treatment (a “promotion” to Washington makes one irrelevant in many ways on the local scene) to get her out of his way.

And now that Blagojevich is gone and we have Pat Quinn seriously behaving like he thinks he has a chance to get the party’s nomination himself, there are those people who think Madigan might just take the Washington option so as not to stir up a partisan squabble within the Democratic Party.

Quinn may be a horrible political fundraiser and may be committing acts of political suicide in his attempt to fill the bi
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