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Quinn remains quiet as interest grows in replacing him

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Gov. Pat Quinn sidestepped whether he is concerned about possibly the strongest indicator yet that three-term Attorney General Lisa Madigan is considering running against him for governor in 2014.

"I'm not really doing politics right now," Quinn said Tuesday following a school safety summit in Springfield. "I think it's better to do policy...there will be plenty of time to focus on politics later on."

Prompted the day before about the growing number of people thinking about a run for governor, Madigan told ABC 7 News she is "among those people" who are mulling how to "be of greater service to the people of the state"

Also considering a run in 2014 is Bill Daley, brother of the former Chicago Mayor and former chief of staff to President Obama, though he has not begun any fund-raising.

Whatever the list of challengers facing Quinn looks like come primary election time, the governor's campaign fund of just $1.06 million as of the end of the year is a meager fraction of the $3.6 million on hand reported in Madigan's account.

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