SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she'll seek another term instead of running for governor next year.
In a statement Monday, the Chicago Democrat says she considered mounting a challenge to Gov. Pat Quinn, a fellow Democrat, but decided to stay in her current job and to seek re-election.
Madigan says one factor in her decision is that her father is the powerful speaker of the state House. She says the state would not be well-served with a governor and speaker from the same family.
Madigan's exit leaves former White House chief of staff Bill Daley, who's formed an exploratory committee to challenge Quinn, and four Republicans. Illinois faces major financial challenges, including a $97 billion hole in its pension funding.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she'll seek another term instead of running for governor next year. In a statement Monday, the Democrat says she did consider mounting a challenge to Governor Pat Quinn, a fellow Democrat, but decided against it. Madigan says one factor in her decision is that her father is the speaker of the state House. She says the state would not be well-served with a governor and speaker from the same family.
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 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.
CHICAGO (AP) - Lawyers for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich have appealed his corruption convictions and 14-year sentence.
Monday's filing with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago comes more than two years after the Chicago Democrat's retrial and 16 months after he entered a Colorado prison.
Jurors convicted the 56 year old for wide-ranging corruption, including his bid to profit from his power to appoint someone to the state senate seat Barack Obama vacated to become president.
His lawyers filed the appeal less than an hour before a midnight deadline to do so.
In June, defense attorneys citing the complicated issues involved received permission to file a longer-than-usual appeal.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A U.S. Army general has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault charges that could send him to prison for life.
The Fayetteville Observer reported Monday Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair told a military judge at Fort Bragg he is not guilty of charges that include forcible sodomy, indecent acts, violating orders and adultery.
Jury selection is set to begin for Sinclair's court martial on Tuesday with the trial scheduled to begin Sept. 30. In the military justice system juries must consist of officers with superior rank to the accused. In Sinclair's case that will requires a panel of generals with two or more stars.
Sinclair is a 27-year Army veteran who commanded troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is accused of twice forcing a female officer to perform oral sex.
Parents with children in the Riverview Gardens and Normandy school districts have a lot to consider before the August 1 transfer deadline.
The Children's Education Alliance of Missouri hosted a town hall meeting Monday night to help parents wade through the complicated transfer process.
CEAM State Policy Director Kate Casas says parents need to know their kids can go to any nearby, accredited district, and not just the ones their home districts will bus to. "It's really about getting accurate information and putting the power in the hands of parents to make the right choice for their own kid," Casas said.
The applications must list the student's three top choices of accredited districts. School assignments will then be based on a lottery system. The transfers will only last until the student's home district regains accreditation.
The meeting was held at the Lewis and Clark Library in the Riverview Garden's School District.