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State Sen. Kwame Raoul Announces Candidacy for Attorney General

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    Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s revelation that she would not seek a fifth term in office sent shockwaves through Illinois’ political circles, with several names floated as potential candidates for the high-profile job shortly after the announcement. Mary Ann Ahern reports.

    (Published Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017)

    Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul has officially thrown his name into the race as he will run for Attorney General.

    Raoul, who represents Illinois’ 13th District, will be one of many Democrats running for the office that current Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that she would be leaving after her term expires in 2019.

    “As a prosecutor and legislator, I’ve spent my career advocating on behalf of victims, speaking up for the voiceless and producing real change in our justice system,” Raoul said in a statement. “As Attorney General, I’ll put my problem-solving and advocacy experience to work to ensure that justice in Illinois is blind, never discriminating between city, suburban and Downstate, between brown, black, and white or between rich and poor.”

    State Rep. Scott Drury announced that he will be running for the Democratic nomination earlier this week, while Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and State’s Attorney Kim Foxx are unlikely to run for the office.

    State Sens. Michael Hastings and Ira Silverstein are also considering runs for the office. 

    On the Republican side, only attorney Erika Harold has announced her candidacy. 

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