Story updated at 9:40 a.m. CT--
In September, a Chicago Tribune reporter asked Attorney General Lisa Madigan whether she would run for mayor following the announcement that Mayor Daley would not seek a seventh term. She didn't say yes--but she didn't exactly say no, either.
Despite reports from both the Chicago Sun-Times and NBC Chicago this week, Madigan finally gave a straight answer to WBEZ's Allison Cuddy on "Eight Forty Eight" Thursday morning: She will not be running for mayor.
Madigan told Cuddy she loves her Attorney General job, and hopes to be reelected in November so she can continue her work there.
In September, NBC Chicago weighed in on what a Madigan run would mean for the other candidates. Now, looks like some of them can breathe easier.
"If Madigan does decide to run, her candidacy would hurt both Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel," NBC Chicago political blogger Edward McClelland wrote in September. "While the Darts and the Madigans are no fans of each other, Tom and Lisa have similar profiles: youthful, progressive Democrats with roots on the Irish Southwest Side. (Madigan wasn't born Irish, but she became Irish when her mother married Michael Madigan and she moved from Lake View to West Lawn.) The 13th Ward, which would presumably be well-disposed to Dart, would vote overwhelmingly for Madigan."