Tammy Duckworth Says No To Lieutenant Governor Offer From Quinn, NBC Chicago Reports

According to NBC Chicago sources, Tammy Duckworth has called Pat Quinn to turn down his offer that she run as his lieutenant governor.

The governor has been courting Duckworth for the position for some time now. The two share a commitment to veterans' affairs, and Duckworth still returns to her home in Hoffman Estates every month to fulfill her duty in the Illinois National Guard. She lost both legs in a rocket attack while serving in Iraq.

Since the rumors of Quinn's interest in her surfaced, however, sources close to Duckworth have said she was unlikely to leave her post in Washington.

Quinn has been in the market for a new lieutenant governor candidate since the man who won the primary, Scott Lee Cohen, stepped down amid a morass of poisonous allegations including forcible sex, steroid use, and threatening his prostitute ex-girlfriend with a knife to her throat.

Duckworth is expected to release a formal statement later today. Check back for updates.