Adolfo Mondragon

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Adolfo Mondragon
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Candidate for
Illinois State Senate District 1
High schoolCurie Metropolitan High School (1992)
Bachelor'sYale (1996)
J.D.University of Chicago (2001)
ProfessionAttorney of counsel at Vernor Moran, LLC
Campaign website
Adolfo Mondragon was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 1 of the Illinois State Senate.

Mondragon is an attorney of counsel at Vernor Moran, LLC. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Yale and a J.D. from the University of Chicago. Mondragon previously worked for the ACLU.[1]


Campaign themes

On his campaign site, Mondragon identifies six issues of the campaign:[2]

  • Crime: "Adolfo Mondragón will take a comprehensive approach to the problem that includes not only putting more police on our streets, but also includes addressing mental health and substance abuse problems among our youth and passing laws that impose swift and certain (but less severe) punishment for juvenile offenders."
  • Environment and Health: "Community activists and environmental groups have desperately tried for years to clean up or close the Fisk and Crawford plants because both plants emit heat-trapping carbon dioxide, toxic mercury, and other pollutants that create lung-damaging soot and smog at levels that surpass federal regulations." "Adolfo Mondragón will never compromise the lives of our families and will fight to clean up or close the Fisk and Crawford plants."
  • Housing: "Adolfo Mondragón will fight to preserve sustainable homeownership, to reclaim foreclosed housing stock as neighborhood assets, and to combat scams that seeks to exploit vulnerable families facing foreclosures."
  • Government Reform: "Adolfo Mondragón will restore honesty and accountability to the 1st Legislative District. He will advocate vigorously for sunshine laws, tougher campaign finance regulations, for a less partisan system of re-districting, for state pension reform, for giving citizens the power to recall elected officials, and for laws making it easier to investigate and root out patronage and corruption at the municipal and state level."
  • The Budget Crisis: "The budget crisis can only be solved by reforming the state pension system and generating new streams of revenue. First, we need to address the $73 billion unfunded pension liability by cutting pension benefits for future hires...Second, we need to increase tax revenues."
  • Education: "Illinois needs to implement an equalized, state-wide property tax rate that strives to ensure both horizontal equity (per-pupil expenditures) and vertical equity (special needs)."



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Mondragon ran in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 1. Mondragon lost to incumbent Antonio Munoz in the Democratic primary on March 30, 2012. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5] Edgar Diaz ran as a Democrat, but was removed from the ballot on January 4, 2012.[6]

Illinois State Senate Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAntonio Munoz Incumbent 75.6% 8,292
Scott Beason 24.4% 2,680
Total Votes 10,972


See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2010

Mondragon was defeated in the Democratic primary for Illinois State Senate on February 2, 2010.[7]


Mondragon grew up in the Back of the Yards neighborhood in Chicago.[1]

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