(CBS) — Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will seek to run for Illinois Attorney General, a spokesperson confirms to CBS 2.

Quinn is expected to present his case to Cook County Democrats next week as he seeks their support.

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Quinn’s expected entry into the attorney general’s race makes a crowded primary election of eight Democrats.

The primary is in March of 2018.

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Quinn, a onetime state treasurer, succeeded Gov. Rod Blagojeich in 2009 when Blagojevich was kicked out of office. In 2015, Quinn lost his bid for re-election to Republican Bruce Rauner.

Current Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is not seeking re-election.

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CBS 2 Political Producer Ed Marshall contributed to this report.