Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will not be seeking re-election at the end of her fourth term, she announced in a press release Friday.
"I have no doubt that having the opportunity to serve the people of IL as their Attorney General will forever be a highlight of my life".
Franks, who was a state representative before winning the first-ever McHenry County Board chairman race in November, said he has thought about running for the office before.
Madigan has been attorney general since 2003 and has focused much of her energy on consumer protection. Stepping off the stage at an event to launch the new Civilian Office of Police Accountability at the South Shore Cultural Center, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he had just learned of Madigan's decision. I have dedicated my career to helping people.
Four years ago, she briefly considered a gubernatorial run, but announced that she'd seek re-election for attorney general instead.
Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan says his daughter has made a difference for the state.
"I have asked Equifax to pay all of those fees because the main reason people are doing this right now is because of their breach and their information is going to be exposed", Madigan said.
Michael Madigan says in a statement that his daughter has always stood up for what's right and he's proud of her personal and professional accomplishments. The Republican Party-backed candidate for attorney general is Erika Harold, a lawyer and former Miss America.
Madigan said some of what she's particularly proud of during her years in office has included generating more than $13 billion in revenue for the state; recovering $3.2 billion in relief for homeowners, communities and state pension funds from the mortgage crisis; saving utility ratepayers in the state more than $2.1 billion; and helping more than 43,000 identify-theft victims remove more than $29 million in fraudulent charges affecting credit reports and financial accounts. She also has pushed laws requiring colleges and universities to respond to sexual violence on campus and protect victims' rights.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, accompanied by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, left, and police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, speaks at a news conference August 29, 2017, in Chicago.