CHICAGO — Illinois State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) is "giving serious consideration" to a run for governor and not attorney general, as expected, according to ABC News.
The decision comes as Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced she will not be running for governor — leaving Raoul room to "pivot" toward a potential gubernatorial campaign.
"You know, you don't rule out anything. So I haven't ruled out anything. But my focus right now is this pension reform problem," Raoul told NBC News.
Raoul, a 48-year-old Hyde Park attorney, is no stranger to conflict with Governor Pat Quinn, whom the senator voted for but has since voiced "frustration" with.
That frustration was palpable at a recent legislative committee in which Quinn opted to send a representative instead of attending in-person.
"If I'm governor and a committee is not working at a good enough pace, I'm working with that committee everyday. And if I get an invitation to be at the table with a committee, I'm not sending a designee, I'll be there myself," Raoul said at the meeting.