A Look At The Candidates For Illinois Attorney General

March 11, 2018

Eight Democrats and two Republicans are vying for the Attorney General spot following the surprise announcement Lisa Madigan will not a fifth term. Here are all the candidates, at a glance, in the order they appear on the ballot.


DEMOCRATS
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Pat Quinn
Hometown: Chicago
Age: 69
Occupation: Attorney
Education: Bachelor's degree, Georgetown University; law degree, Northwestern University School of Law
Public offices held: Illinois governor, 2009-2015; Illinois lieutenant governor, 2003-2009; state treasurer, 1991-1995; commissioner of the Cook County Board of Tax Appeals, 1982-1986
Previous professional experience: Founder of Coalition for Political Honesty; revenue director for the city of Chicago
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Renato Mariotti
Hometown: Chicago
Age: 41
Occupation: Attorney, partner at Thompson Coburn since 2016
Education: Bachelor's degree, University of Chicago; law degree, Yale Law School
Public offices held: None
Previous professional experience: federal prosecutor; associate at Heller Ehrman
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Scott Drury
Hometown: Highwood
Age: 45
Occupation: State representative; adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law; attorney, founder of Drury Law, LLC
Education: Bachelor's degree, University of California, Berkeley; law degree, Northwestern University School of Law
Public offices held: Illinois state representative since 2013
Previous professional experience: counsel at Reed Smith LLP; federal prosecutor; litigation associate at Sachnoff & Weaver, Ltd.; litigation associate at Holleb & Coff
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Nancy Rotering
Hometown: Highland Park
Age: 56
Occupation: Highland Park Mayor
Education: Bachelor's degree, Stanford University; master of business administration, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management; law degree, University of Chicago Law School
Public offices held: Mayor of Highland Park since 2011, city councilwoman of Highland Park City Council, 2009-2011; appointed planning commissioner for Highland Park, 2006-2009; appointed environmental commissioner for Highland Park, 2005-2006
Previous professional experience: Founder of Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic; legislative aide of Rep. Karen May; attorney with McDermott Will & Emery; benefits analyst at General Motors
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Kwame Raoul
Hometown: Chicago
Age: 53
Occupation: State senator; partner at the health law group Quarles & Brady
Education: Bachelor's degree, DePaul University; law degree, Chicago-Kent College of Law
Public offices held: State senator since 2004
Previous professional experience: Partner at Quarles & Brady; prosecutor in the Cook County State's Attorney's office; in-house counsel for City Colleges of Chicago; senior counsel for Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone Law Firm
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Jesse Ruiz
Hometown: Chicago
Age: 53
Occupation: Partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Board of Commissioners President of the Chicago Park District
Education: Bachelor's degree, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; law degree, University of Chicago Law School
Public offices held: none
Previous professional experience: chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education; Vice President of the Chicago Board of Education; Commissioner for the U.S. Department of Education Equity and Excellence Commission; associate at Booz Allen & Hamilton
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Sharon Fairley
Hometown: Chicago
Age: 57
Occupation: Attorney
Education: Bachelor's degree, Princeton University; master of business administration, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School; law degree, University of Chicago Law School
Public offices held: Chief Administrator of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, 2016-2017; chief administrator of the Independent Police Review Authority, 2015-2017
Previous professional experience: General Counsel, City of Chicago Office of Inspector General; assistant U.S. States attorney; assistant attorney general
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Aaron Goldstein
Hometown: Chicago
Age: 43
Occupation: Attorney supervisor, Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender's Office; adjunct instructor at North Park University
Education: Bachelor's degree, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; law degree, University of Iowa College of Law
Public offices held: 33rd Ward Democratic Committeeman
Previous professional experience: adjunct professor at DePaul University; founder of the Goldstein Firm, P.C.; assistant public defender for the Cook County Public Defender's Office
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REPUBLICANS
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Erika Harold
Hometown: Urbana
Age: 38
Occupation: Attorney at Meyer Capel, P.C.
Education: Bachelor's degree, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; law degree, Harvard Law School
Public offices held: none
Previous professional experience: attorney for Sidley Austin LLP; attorney for Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C.; member of the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Equality
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Gary Grasso
Hometown: Burr Ridge
Age: 66
Occupation: Litigation attorney, founder of Grasso Bass, P.C.
Education: Bachelor's degree, Georgetown University; law degree, Fordham University School of Law
Public offices held: Mayor of Burr Ridge, 2005-2012; DuPage County Board member since 2012; DuPage 911 Emergency Telephone System Board chairman since 2014
Previous professional experience: hearing officer for the Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission; member of the Defense Research Institute-Lawyers' Professionalism & Ethics

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