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Two top Dem Gubernatorial candidates share Springfield stage

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 09:02:19 CDT
By: IPR's Brian Mackey

Two of Illinois' top Democratic politicians were in Springfield yesterday addressing the same convention of real-estate agents. IPR's Brian Mackey has more on what could have been an early preview of the 20-14 election:


Governor Pat Quinn says he wants another term in office. Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she's considering whether to challenge Quinn for the state's top job. But even if the pair become rivals in next year's Democratic primary, for now they're in agreement on at least one thing: neither wants to talk about next year's Democratic primary.
Lisa Madigan
"I am enjoying my job as the attorney general right now and when I am ready to make a decision, I will let all of you be among the first people to know."
Pat Quinn
"I don't really think partisan politics is appropriate, especially on this day."

Quinn was referring to Monday's bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The incident happened after Madigan spoke with reporters.
Even though neither candidate seems eager to discuss their plans in public, they've both been busy fundraising. Quinn has collected more than half-a-million dollars in the first three months of this year; Madigan raised even more. And the attorney general began the year with more than three times as much campaign cash as Quinn.

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