Illinois: Democratic Senate Field Still Very Fluid

Posted May 13, 2009 at 5:57pm

State Attorney General Lisa Madigan told the Chicago Sun-Times that she is reconsidering a bid for Senate, reversing some of her previous comments that she was only interested in running for governor in 2010.

“The governor’s race is still my main consideration,— Madigan told the newspaper, but she also acknowledged that national Democrats were courting her to run for Senate instead.

Madigan is one of the most popular Democratic statewide officials in Illinois — and she would be the instant Democratic frontrunner if she were to enter the race.

State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D) announced his candidacy earlier this year and raised more than $1.1 in the first quarter.

Businessman Chris Kennedy (D), a member of the famed Kennedy political dynasty, and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D) are both considering Senate bids. The incumbent, appointed Sen. Roland Burris (D), has not said yet if he is going to run for a full term.

Additionally, Rep. Mark Kirk is still mulling a bid for the Republican nomination.