Lisa Madigan decides not to run for Senate or Illinois Governor

Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan chose the political path of least resistance today, preserving her chance to ask voters for a promotion down the road, when state finances might be better and her powerful father might be ready to step off the political stage.

Courted by the White House to run for the U.S. Senate and widely viewed as a dominant Democratic contender for governor, Madigan instead surprised the political world by opting to try for a third term as attorney general next year.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, widely considered a possible candidate for governor or a U.S. Senate seat, made a surprising announcement Wednesday that she won't be running for either.

Instead, Madigan announced her plans to run for a third term as attorney general in 2010.

"I understand that some people may be surprised by my decision, because there has been speculation about whether I might run for governor or for the U.S. Senate. I can't express how honored I am that others would consider me for either of these positions," Madigan's prepared remarks read. "But I know that for now, the best way for me to continue serving the people of Illinois is to continue doing the job that I love."