SPRINGFIELD — Despite a term full of ups and downs, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton on Tuesday confirmed he’ll seek re-election in 2019 — with a gentle jab to the governor in volunteering that he wants “to serve under a Democratic governor again.”

“I was always planning on being here for a little while,” Cullerton, D-Chicago, told reporters after speaking at a women’s rally and march. “There’s a lot of work to do between now and then. I want to serve under a Democratic governor again.”

Cullerton and Illinois Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, R-Lemont, have been credited for their leadership efforts in piecing together a “grand bargain” package in the Illinois Senate as a way to try to solve the state’s budget impasse without the backdrop of a political feud between Gov. Bruce Rauner and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.

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