Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, a former senator from Hyde Park-Kenwood, announced his candidacy for re-election in 2022, at the Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association’s annual brunch on August 18 in Springfield.
Raised in Hyde Park and trained at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, DePaul University and the Chicago-Kent College of Law, Raoul twice ran for city council in the 1990s. appointed to the Illinois Senate in 2004 following the election of Barack Obama to the United States Senate.
He won a scattered primary for his current position in 2018 with 30.17% of the vote and the November general election with 54.71% over Republican Erika Harold.
As Attorney General, Raoul has held traditional office roles, such as consumer protection. He owns called for stricter regulation of the use of retail alternative energy providers “deceptive practices” to sell contracts that result in higher energy costs. In June, he sued a Delaware company that allegedly illegally polluted groundwater from a former coal-fired power plant site in upstate Vermillion County with poorly stored coal ash.
Last year, along with 47 other state attorneys general, he sued Facebook, arguing that the company uses illegal tactics to undermine competition in the social media market; a judge threw their costume on in June, but they said they would appeal. In February, He had $ 19.8 million from consulting firm McKinsey for its role in the opioid epidemic in the outbreak’s first multi-state settlement.
In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis, Raoul wrote to Congress with 17 other attorneys general asking for the power to investigate unconstitutional policing practices; Then-US Attorney General Jeff Sessions stopped asking the federal Department of Justice to investigate local police departments in 2018.
During this year’s lame duck legislative session, he got its important reform of the Independent State Council that oversees law enforcement training has been adopted by the General Assembly and into law. The Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Council now has the discretion to revoke officers’ certification for serious misdemeanors and misdemeanors.
“Unfortunately, it usually takes an incident that wakes the nation up for the legislature to work out a willingness to have a serious discussion on reform,” he told the Herald in February. “Otherwise, people don’t want to be called anti-law enforcement in any way. It is otherwise difficult to have honest discussions about necessary reforms unless there is something that is generally recorded. on some sort of tape for people to really think about. “
“It is undeniable that racism exists and implicit prejudices, which are not necessarily synonymous. Because there are people who are not necessarily overt and malicious racists; besides, there are others who subconsciously stereotype, and they take actions based on those unconscious stereotypes, “he said.” Are they all like that when they walk through the door? Some are. But I think there is a real problem with what is tolerated. “
In December, Raoul and 21 other Democratic attorneys general signed a legal brief successfully calling on the United States Supreme Court to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the Texas Attorney General to overturn the election of current President Joe Biden.
Last month, Raoul’s office represented the Illinois State Council of Elections in filing a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the state’s Republican legislative leaders and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund on the issue of whether American Community Survey data instead of full census data can be used to draw General Assembly districts, as was done this year.
In April, Raoul the office was a victim to a ransomware attack after an audit in February found that the office did not have adequate internal cybersecurity controls in place. Raoul said his office was doing a full risk assessment.
Capitol News Illinois, a non-profit, non-partisan news service covering state government funded primarily by the Illinois Press Foundation and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, contributed.