Former Gov. Jim Edgar says he has not ruled out a run for the state's top job in 2006. The two-term governor left office in 1999 after deciding not to run for a third term.
On Friday, Edgar said he has no plans to become a candidate. He then added, "I never say never."
At least six other GOP leaders have expressed interest in running, including state Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka.
The Chicago Tribune reported in its Sunday editions that White House adviser Karl Rove has lobbied for an Edgar ticket with Topinka running for lieutenant governor.
Edgar now serves as a distinguished fellow at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois.
As for current Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, according to a new poll, only a third of Illinois voters want to see governor rod Blagojevich re-elected in 2006. The Chicago Tribune/WGN-TV poll of 12,000 likely voters also found that 35 percent approved of the job Blagojevich is doing, while 44 percent disapproved. 21 percent said they had no opinion.