Three men are vying for the Republican nomination for Illinois attorney general. Each is aiming to unseat incumbent Democrat Kwame Raoul as the state’s chief legal officer. Tom DeVore, a Chicago attorney, has already made a name for himself by taking on Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s pandemic mitigation efforts. Independent candidate Kim Shestokas is also in the race.
Democratic nominee Kwame Raoul
The Democratic nominee for attorney general in Illinois is Kwame Raoul, a seasoned Senate Judiciary Committee chair. Raoul has fought for the presumption of innocence, wage security, and rights of victims of crime. He’s also pushed for resources for low-level non-violent offenders and has a proven track record on social issues. If elected, Kwame Raoul will vigorously enforce labor laws and defend working families.
The incoming Illinois attorney general is the son of Haitian immigrants. Raoul was sworn in as the 42nd attorney general of Illinois in 2019. He served as a state senator for the 13th district from 2004 to 2019. He began his career as a prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Later, he became a senior staff attorney for the City Colleges of Chicago. Raoul graduated from DePaul University and earned his Juris Doctorate at Chicago-Kent College of Law.
The Democratic nominee Kwame Raoul has held office since April 2019. His opponents include Republican Thomas DeVore and businessman Steve Kim, who have both supported Raoul financially. Despite his lack of campaigning, Shestokas has yet to report raising funds to the state board of elections. Meanwhile, Republicans Michael DeVore and Steve Kim have gotten a lot of publicity. Both have used social media to promote their campaigns. Both candidates have made public attacks against Pritzker, including publicly attacking him on the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
Republican nominee Thomas DeVore
In the upcoming Illinois election, Democratic incumbent Kwame Raoul faces Republican nominee Thomas DeVore. DeVore, who lives outside the small town of Sorento, received a lot of media attention in November for his lawsuits against Gov. J.B. Pritzker and more than 145 school districts. He is leading the race by nearly three points. In this article, we’ll examine DeVore’s background and his chances for victory.
As a constitutional lawyer in southern Illinois, DeVore has worked with state and local government agencies to protect civil liberties. He has led numerous lawsuits against the COVID-19 restrictions. His message has resonated with suburban moms, who are expected to make up a major voting bloc this fall. But his campaign does not seem to have the same appeal as Raoul’s.
Bailey and Pritzker disagreed on several issues, including the state’s response to the pandemic and executive power. Pritzker’s endorsement will likely play a role in his campaign, as will Bailey’s. Pritzker’s record in government has focused on ensuring that the state’s finances remain strong. Bailey has a conservative stance and has endorsed several anti-abortion groups.
Independent candidate Kim Shestokas
The race for Illinois attorney general has turned out to be a crowded one, with four candidates in the race: Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner, Democratic challenger Tom Devore, and independent Kim Shestokas. The three are running on issues related to ethics, transparency, and the office. Kim, a business attorney, has criticized Rauner’s record in government, and he has been a frequent critic of Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
While the state is dominated by Democrats, the Republicans are not without viable options. Independent candidate Kim Shestokas has been a top contender in recent polls and has pledged to prosecute cases that other attorneys have failed to take on. A recent poll shows that more than half of Illinois voters want someone who will stand up for the rights of Illinois citizens. She is even higher than expected in some polls, but the majority of respondents believe that Kim is the best choice.
The Illinois Supreme Court, which oversees the state’s judicial system, has no term limits. Consequently, Illinois judges are not required to defend their positions against challengers when they reach the end of their six-year terms. Instead, they are put on a general election ballot, where voters will vote yes or no. To stay on the bench, a candidate needs at least 60 percent of the vote.