“I’m in my 60s, I’m not ready to start a career somewhere else,” Edmondson said. “I may engage in the practice of law, I may teach, I may write the great American novel, but I don’t think I'm going to run for office again.” Edmondson attributed his loss to a failure to turn out favorable voters.
In 2005, Edmondson filed suit in U.S. district court against several poultry companies, accusing them of polluting the Illinois River watershed. After detours through appeals courts, a non-jury trial got underway last September and lasted until February. Judge Gregory Frizzell has given no indication when he may issue a ruling.