With ramped-up talk that House Republican Minority Leader Tom Cross is moving toward a statewide run for Illinois Attorney General, state Rep. Jim Durkin said he's ready to fill the void.
Earlier this year, Durkin (R-Westchester) a former prosecutor and current corporate litigation attorney, was said to be interested himself in a run for Illinois Attorney General.
On Thursday, however, he said this: "I am pursuing the position as House Minority Leader, if and when that vacancy occurs -- that may be in the near future," Durkin told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Cross (R-Plainfield) has been assembling a team and talking to leading Republicans statewide, asking for financial backing for a statewide run.
The news comes as Durkin, 52, announced he would not back a vote on same-sex marriage. "I'll be voting no."
Meanwhile the list of possible contenders for Illinois Attorney General post -- should Lisa Madigan step down -- continues to grow.
Other possibilities on the list for Democrats: former federal prosecutor and City of Chicago inspector general David Hoffman, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, State Sen. Kwame Raoul.
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