State Sen. Donne Trotter, a South Side Democrat, has served in the Illinois General Assembly since Ronald Reagan was president. But after 30 years in office, he announced last week that he won’t run again — or even finish the term that ends less than a year from now. His resignation was effective immediately, for reasons he didn’t feel the need to explain.
Odd timing? Not necessarily. Had he quit two months ago, the senator would have given other candidates a chance to file for the March Democratic primary. By quitting now, Trotter allows Democratic insiders to choose his replacement, which is expected to be one of two state representatives he has mentored, Marcus Evans and Elgie Sims.