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Hendon: Jones is Healthy, Sharp

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Illinois Senate President Emil Jones is expected to announce his retirement this afternoon. The Chicago Democrat would end his 35-year legislative career this fall.

Sen. Ricky Hendon is the assistant Democratic leader and a Jones ally. Hendon says he thinks Jones decided he’d served long enough.

JONES: His health is fine. His mind is sharp. So that has nothing to do with it. But I do understand, getting to the point where you say, ‘I’ve done what I can do, and let’s let the next generation take care of it.’

Hendon says he’s interested in replacing Jones as Senate president. He expects to compete against a handful of other senators for the chamber’s top spot.

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