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A look at the candidates for Illinois attorney general

March 15, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — 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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