Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he's raised about $250,000 with the intent of seeking a full term as chief executive in 2010.
Quinn disclosed the figure in an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial board. He says he sees "no reason not to" run for the office he took over from the impeached and ousted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich in January.
A spokeswoman emphasized today that Quinn is focused on erasing a budget crisis, not on campaigning.
Prominent Democrats who could offer Quinn a primary challenge next year include Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Comptroller Dan Hynes.
Madigan had $3.5 million in campaign funds in January. Hynes had $2.9 million, while Quinn had just $82,500.