Madigan mum on election decision details

Jul 17, 2013

When Attorney General Lisa Madigan this week announced she would not seek the Illinois governor's office, she said a key factor was her father's position as speaker of the Illinois House. But in her first meeting with reporters since the announcement, she declined to elaborate. IPR’s Brian Mackey has more.

In her statement Monday, Lisa Madigan said she felt "strongly that the state would not be well served by having a governor and speaker of the House from the same family." And because the speaker — her father, Mike Madigan — planned to continue in office, she would not run for governor. Which prompted a reporter to ask: why is it OK for an attorney general and the speaker to be from the same family?

"It sounds to me like you've been reading too much John Kass,” Madigan said. “Do you have an original question?"

Kass is a Chicago Tribune columnist who has long posited that Illinois is really run by Mike Madigan. Lisa Madigan then offered a serious answer to the question, defending her record of standing up for homeowners and electric-utility customers.

"I don't think there is any question about the record that I've had serving as attorney general,” Madigan said.

Madigan says conversations she had about whether to run for governor were "private."