A full year and a half before the election, Former Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis is announcing she plans to run for congress.  She will be aiming for the Democratic nomination in the 13th District - a seat currently held by freshman Rodney Davis.  Callis is one of nearly a half-dozen Democrats that have expressed interest in the seat, but appears to be the front-runner at this time.

That's because of a number of factors, not the least of which is the appointment of Dr. David Gill to the position of assistant director of public health in Governor Pat Quinn's office.  Gill ran against Davis last fall, but with him now apparently out of the way, Callis may have the blessing of the party leadership.  She attended the presidential inauguration in January, and reportedly met with the national party heads.  She says she can bring a fresh perspective to the office.

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Callis stepped down as Chief Judge on Friday, after spending seven years in that position, and 18 years total on the bench.  Judges are not allowed to campaign for another non-judicial office while on the bench.

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