Sheriff Dart won't run for Illinois attorney general

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Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, often mentioned as a potential candidate for attorney general if incumbent Lisa Madigan were to run for governor, ruled that out today.

“I’m going to run for re-election,” Dart told the Tribune. “I have multiple things on my plate right now I want to complete. . . . I’m more driven by getting things done. I’ll leave here when I’ve completed what I’m working on.”

Work Dart said he plans to see through includes finding mental health treatment settings for more mentally ill jail detainees, putting human traffickers behind bars, getting guns out of the hands of people disqualified to have them under state law and helping under-funded suburbs fight crime and corruption.

Dart, who opted not to run for mayor two years ago after now-Mayor Rahm Emanuel entered the race, indicated he has not ruled out a run for the city’s chief executive office. “I don’t speculate that far down the road on anything,” he said of the 2015 mayoral contest. Emanuel has said repeatedly he’s running for re-election.

Dart, a former state lawmaker who unsuccessfully ran for state treasurer, is in his second term as sheriff.

Potential Democratic candidates for attorney general include Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon and state Sen. Kwame Raoul.

Madigan, meanwhile, said she still hasn't decided whether she'll run for governor or a fourth term as attorney general.




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