Lisa Madigan is not running for another term as Illinois attorney general after 14 years, she announced on Friday. She did not explain her decision.
Madigan’s last day in office will be in January 2019, and she and she still has much to achieve in the meantime. At a press conference, she reflected on her accomplishments, particularly noting her work in generating $13 billion in revenue while also recovering more than $32 billion from the mortgage crisis, all of which resulted in saving Illinois taxpayers $2.1 billion, she said.
Madigan also mentioned how she saved more than 43,000 identity theft victims from millions in fraudulent charges, enforced environmental protection, created a more transparent government and oversaw the Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which arrested more than 1,500 sexual predators. She said she also prosecuted more 500 cases keeping sex offenders behind bars.
"Above all, I am proud of the countless ways that my office works every day to help people and protect their rights,” Madigan said in her statement.
Madigan said she also was proud of helping students and seniors through legislation for better nursing homes and “exposing the fraudulent practices of student lenders and fighting for borrowers’ rights."
“I look forward to continuing my work as Attorney General and then taking on new, challenging opportunities at the end of my term,” she said in the statement.
Urbana attorney and former Miss America Erika Harold announced her intention in August to seek the Republican nomination for attorney general.