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Exclusive Reboot Illinois Poll: Will Lisa Madigan be Challenged in Fourth Attorney General Bid?

Republican candidate Paul Schimpf is a political newcomer in Illinois. Can he overcome the name Madigan?

Since 2002, Lisa Madigan has been the Attorney General in Illinois. After flirting with a run for governor, she chose to stick with running for a fourth term as Attorney General. Her Republican opponent this year is political newcomer Paul Schimpf.

Madigan’s only competitive election for attorney general was her first, in 2002, when she defeated DuPage County State’s Attorney Joe Birkett 50 percent to 47 percent.

Will she have to deal with a competitive election this time around?

Today, a Reboot Illinois poll, conducted June 16 by We Ask America, has the answers.

While Madigan is running for her fourth term, there is one statewide race that does not feature an incumbent candidate. The state treasurer's race between Tom Cross and Mike Frerichs is close, but which candidate currently holds the lead? Our exclusive poll has the results.

This article appears on all Patch Chicago sites. The views expressed in this post are those of Reboot Illinois and do not reflect those of Patch or its editors.

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ayar June 20, 2014 at 05:11 PM
from wikipedia "Throughout his tenure in the Senate, Fitzgerald battled with the state Republican Party leadership. He insisted on the appointment of an out-of-state US attorney, Patrick Fitzgerald (unrelated[2]), to investigate corruption in the Illinois state government. Several indictments resulted, including that of former Republican Governor George Ryan, who was later convicted of several criminal abuses of authority, and Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of attempting to sell the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama. Fitzgerald declined to run for reelection largely because many Republican insiders who had failed to support him in his first run in 1998 had made it clear he would not have their support again. In 2009, conservative journalist John Fund wrote "Sen. Fitzgerald also labeled an Illinois congressional delegation 'wish list' of $600 million in projects being submitted to President Bush as a 'mega-hog letter ... The mere fact that a project is located somewhere within the state of Illinois does not mean that it is inherently meritorious", he wrote to speaker Hastert, who called such criticism 'grandstanding' ... [T]he senator accused GOP governor George Ryan, now serving a six-and-a-half-year prison sentence on a corruption conviction, of opposing competitive bidding rules so he could dole money to political allies. 'I want Illinois to get a $150 million (Abraham Lincoln) library, not a $50 million library that just happens to cost $150 million', Fitzgerald told fellow senators."[3]"
ayar June 20, 2014 at 05:15 PM
I wonder if Fitzgerald would consider a run for Governor...
ayar June 20, 2014 at 05:22 PM
from deerfield resident "My point is.....anyone elected in this era to public office better have one thing on their mind.... the economic well being of the state they represent.". Okay, on that argument, sir - from the Wall Street Journal http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/03/27/which-states-take-the-most-from-the-u-s-government/
Independence666 June 21, 2014 at 10:38 AM
No one can beat the Madigan name. They have the power. They buy the votes. Illinois is a joke.
McCloud June 22, 2014 at 09:16 AM
Its a coronation rather than an election in IL.

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