If you've lived in the Land of Lincoln for even a short period of time, I'm sure you've figured out that the political landscape of Illinois is a strange, ever-changing creature. Even knowing that, many are surprised at the Illinois Attorney General's statement.

In what some are calling a "political stunner," despite earlier statements that she would indeed run again, Lisa Madigan on Friday said:

"As I look ahead I believe that the end of my fourth term as attorney general will be the right time for me to seek a new challenge."

 

There's a lot of speculation after Friday's announcement about what her future plans are, in addition to the talk about who will step up to run for an office that no one thought would be open.

From Politico:

Her popularity, record as attorney general and name ID could make her an automatic contender for just about any elected position in the state. More recently, rumors have swirled about her having interest in the Chicago mayoral race or even a possible run for U.S. Senate. But sources close to Madigan say she may spend some time in the private sector, at least in the near term.

Keep your eyes open over the next few months as the scramble between potential replacement candidates gets rolling in Illinois.