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Meeks Not Running for Governor

By Amy Hart in News on May 19, 2006 5:35PM

2006_05_jamesmeeks.jpgAfter much speculation, State Senator James Meeks announced today that he will not run for governor as a third-party candidate this fall.

Meeks was considering a run because he was disappointed with Governor Blagojevich's school funding, but after being briefed on Blago's new unreleased plan, the Reverend said, "I'm saying I'm off the ballot. Forget it."

This is quite a change of heart as just last week Meeks announced he would begin collecting the 25,000 signatures needed to get on the ballot and planned on announcing a slate of candidates for offices statewide. We're sure Meeks' withdrawal from the race disappoints homophobic pro-lifers around the state, and that Blago and Topinka are looking forward to a straightforward mano a mano fight to the finish.