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Sheriff Curran drops attorney general bid

Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran. | Special Sun-Times Media

Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran. | Special to Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 15, 2013 1:25PM

Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran will not be running in the 2014 primary for Illinois attorney general, but instead will run for sheriff again.

“During the past couple of months, I have thoroughly explored a possible run for Illinois attorney general, which included talking to many people around the state and prayerful reflection and consultation with family and friends,” he said Wednesday.

“I have decided to run for re-election for Lake County sheriff. I have been entrusted for the past six years with the responsibilities as sheriff of Lake County. This opportunity has allowed me to work alongside outstanding law enforcement professionals as well as to serve and protect the wonderful people of Lake County,” Curran said in a prepared statement.

In early December, Curran announced he was seriously considering a run for attorney General in 2014, and the Libertyville Republican meet with citizens around the state about the GOP primary coming up in about 15 months.

He had said his background as both a federal and state prosecutor, and sheriff of one of Illinois’ largest and most diverse counties, gave him a unique perspective on the state’s top law enforcement office. “We have much to accomplish going forward and I am excited for the challenges that lie ahead of us as well as proud of our achievements over the past six years,” he said, officially kicking off his re-election campaign for next year.

Curran said he has made sure the sheriff’s budget came in under budget the last six years, recently increased manpower on the streets by restructuring the Court Security Division so part-time officers are in courtrooms and full-time deputies are out on county roads.

“The results of this realignment are substantial savings to the taxpayer and unprecedented manpower on the streets of Lake County. This is one of the many ways that the Lake County Sheriff’s Office has worked pro actively to keep its citizens safe and reduce crime,” he said.

He said the Lake County Jail has been featured in numerous television documentaries and written publications, and recently it received the highest accreditation standards through the American Correctional Association and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care.

He said the warrants office, which the Sheriff’s Office runs for the county, has reduced the total number of outstanding warrants by 2,500 over the past six years.

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