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}}{{tnr}}'''Kwame Raoul''' is a [[Democratic Party (United States)|Democratic]] member of the [[Illinois State Senate]], representing District 13. He was first appointed to the chamber in 2004.
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}}{{tnr}}'''Kwame Raoul''' is a [[Democratic Party (United States)|Democratic]] member of the [[Illinois State Senate]], representing District 13. He was first appointed to the chamber in 2004. Raoul {{2014is}} considering a run for [[Governor of Illinois]] in the [[Illinois gubernatorial election, 2014|2014 election]].<ref name=sun>[http://voices.suntimes.com/early-and-often/politics/quinn-daley-spar-at-democratic-brunch-on-governors-day-as-raoul-mulls-a-possible-run/ ''Sun Times,'' Quinn, Daley spar at Democratic brunch on Governor’s Day as Raoul mulls a possible run, August 14, 2013]</ref>
  
 
Raoul earned his Bachelor's from DePaul and his J.D. from Chicago-Kent Law. His professional experience includes working as the President of Relationship Strategies International LLC.
 
Raoul earned his Bachelor's from DePaul and his J.D. from Chicago-Kent Law. His professional experience includes working as the President of Relationship Strategies International LLC.
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==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2014===
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:: ''See also: [[Illinois gubernatorial election, 2014]]''
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Raoul {{2014is}} considering a run for [[Governor of Illinois]] in the [[Illinois gubernatorial election, 2014|2014 election]].<ref name=sun></ref>
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===2012===
 
===2012===
 
::''See also: [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012]]''
 
::''See also: [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012]]''
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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{{Comprehensive donor history
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|Name = Raoul
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|Full name = Kwame Raoul
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|year = 1996
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|Editdate = July 16, 2013
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|link = <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/uniquecandidate.phtml?uc=4949 ''followthemoney.org'', Raoul, Kwame," accessed July 16, 2013]</ref>
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|party = Democratic
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|totalraised2012 = 301796
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|result2012 = Won
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|office2012 = [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012|Illinois State Senate, District 13]]
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|totalraised2010 = 327011
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|result2010 = Won
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|office2010 = [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2010|Illinois State Senate, District 13]]
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|totalraised2008 = 311665
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|result2008 = N/A
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|office2008 = [[Illinois State Senate|Illinois State Senate, District 13]]
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|totalraised2006 = 338205
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|result2006 = Won
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|office2006 = [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2006|Illinois State Senate, District 13]]
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|totalraised1996 = 0
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|result1996 = Lost
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|office1996 = [[Illinois State Senate|Illinois State Senate, District 12]]
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}}
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===2012===
 
===2012===
{{State leg donor}}
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{{SLP donor box 2012
===2010===
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|name = Raoul
In 2010, Raoul received $327,011 in campaign donations.  The top contributors are listed below.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/grid.phtml?s=IL&y=2010&#f0 Follow the Money - 2010 contributions]</ref>
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|full Name = Kwame Raoul  
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=142868
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|office= Illinois State Senate
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|new = no
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised = 301,796
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|org1 = Illinois Realtors Association
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|org2 = Illinois Merchants Association
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|org3 = Construction & General Laborers District Council of Chicago & Vicinity
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|org4 = Illinois Venture Capital Association
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|org5 = Comcast
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|orgamount1 = 4544
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|orgamount2 = 4500
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|orgamount3 = 4500
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|orgamount4 = 4000
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|orgamount5 = 4000
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|}}
  
{{slp donor box 2010
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===2010===
|Chamber = Illinois State Senate
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{{SLP donor box 2010
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|name = Raoul
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|full Name = Kwame Raoul
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=116899
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|office= Illinois State Senate
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|new = no
 
|party = Democratic
 
|party = Democratic
|total raised = $327,011
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|total raised = 327,011
 
|org1 = Comed
 
|org1 = Comed
|org2 = Rogers Jr, John W
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|org2 = Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
|org3 = Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
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|org3 = Rogers Jr, John W
|org4 = Nyhan Pfister Bambrick Kinzie & Lowry PC
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|org4 = Nyhan Pfister Bambrick Kinzie & Lowry Pc
 
|org5 = Humana
 
|org5 = Humana
|orgdonor1 = $7,100
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|orgamount1 = 7100
|orgdonor2 = $6,000
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|orgamount2 = 6000
|orgdonor3 = $6,000
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|orgamount3 = 6000
|orgdonor4 = $5,500
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|orgamount4 = 5500
|orgdonor5 = $5,250
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|orgamount5 = 5250
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|}}
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===2008===
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{{SLP donor box 2008
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|name = Raoul
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|full Name = Kwame Raoul
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=97000
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|office= Illinois State Senate
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|new = off
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised = 311,665
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|org1 = Citizens For Emil Jones Jr
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|org2 = Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
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|org3 = Friends of Clayborne
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|org4 = Friends of Will Burns
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|org5 = Comed
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|orgamount1 = 25000
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|orgamount2 = 17100
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|orgamount3 = 10000
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|orgamount4 = 8600
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|orgamount5 = 7500
 
|}}
 
|}}
  
 
===2006===
 
===2006===
In 2006, Raoul collected $311,665 in donations.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=97000|2006 Raoul Campaign Donors]</ref>
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{{SLP donor box 2006
 
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|name = Raoul
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|full Name = Kwame Raoul  
 
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=79852
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|office= Illinois State Senate
|-
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|new = yes
| Citizens for Emil Jones Jr.
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|party = Democratic
| align="right" | $25,000
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|total raised = 338,205
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|org1 = Ariel Capital Management
| Oreal James
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|org2 = Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
| align="right" | $20,000
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|org3 = Chicago Teachers Union
|-
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|org4 = Rogers Jr, John W
| Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
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|org5 = Cmte to Elect Larry Rogers Jr
| align="right" | $17,100
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|orgamount1 = 11000
|-
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|orgamount2 = 9000
| Friends of Clayborne
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|orgamount3 = 6500
| align="right" | $10,000
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|orgamount4 = 6500
|-
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|orgamount5 = 5000
| Friends of Will Burns
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|}}
| align="right" | $8,600
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|-
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| Comed
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| align="right" | $7,500
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|-
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| Illinois Credit Union League
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| align="right" | $6,170
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|-
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| Synchronous Solutions
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| align="right" | $6,000
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|-
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| Keith Hebeisen
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| align="right" | $6,000
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|-
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| Barbara Flynn Currie for State Representative
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| align="right" | $5,560
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|-
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| Timothy J. Rand
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| align="right" | $5,000
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|-
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| Oreal James
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| align="right" | $5,000
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|-
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| Northern Trust Co.
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| align="right" | $4,250
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|-
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| Construction & General Laborers District Council of Chicago & Vicinity
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| align="right" | $4,000
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|-
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| Ameren
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| align="right" | $4,000
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|-
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| Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association
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| align="right" | $3,850
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|-
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| Illinois Realtors Association
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| align="right" | $3,650
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|-
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| Ariel Capital Management
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| align="right" | $3,550
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|-
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| Chicago Teachers Union
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| align="right" | $3,500
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|-
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| Illinois Venture Capital Association
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| align="right" | $3,500
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|}
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==Scorecards==
 
==Scorecards==
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*[http://www.kwameraoul.com/ Campaign website]
 
*[http://www.kwameraoul.com/ Campaign website]
 
* [http://www.senatedem.ilga.gov/index.php/sen-raoul-home Profile] at Illinois Senate Democrats
 
* [http://www.senatedem.ilga.gov/index.php/sen-raoul-home Profile] at Illinois Senate Democrats
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*Campaign contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=142868 2012], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=116899 2010], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=97000 2008], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=79852 2006], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=29841 1996]
  
 
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Kwame Raoul
Kwame Raoul.jpg
Illinois State Senate District 13
Incumbent
In office
2004 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2017
Years in position 10
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Appointed2004
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sDePaul University
J.D.Chicago-Kent College of Law (1993)
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 30, 1964
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionUnited Church of Christ
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Kwame Raoul is a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 13. He was first appointed to the chamber in 2004. Raoul is considering a run for Governor of Illinois in the 2014 election.[1]

Raoul earned his Bachelor's from DePaul and his J.D. from Chicago-Kent Law. His professional experience includes working as the President of Relationship Strategies International LLC.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Raoul served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Committee of the Whole
Criminal Law, Vice-Chairperson
Insurance
Judiciary, Chair
Labor and Commerce
Public Pensions & State Investments, Co-chair
Public Health

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Raoul served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Raoul served on these committees:[2]

Issues

Death penalty

At the beginning of the 2011 session, Raoul sponsored a proposal that will appeal the death penalty in Illinois. He faced opposition from the Illinois State’s Attorneys Association.

Raoul cited 10 years of studies that demonstrate a broken criminal justice system.

“There’s got to be a point where you try and solve a problem,” said Raoul. “I think it’s high time the Illinois justice system catch up.”

In 2000, former Gov. George Ryan placed a temporary moratorium on the death penalty, which has since been upheld. Three years later and two days before leaving office, he commuted the sentences of 167 Death Row prisoners.

Sheldon Sobol, Grundy County state's attorney and president of the Illinois State's Attorneys Association, said that the legislation was rushed through committee and that victims didn’t get a chance to be heard by lawmakers.

“When this bill is taken by the Legislature, they have not heard from the most important people that are impacted by this decision,” said Sobol.[3]

On January 6, 2011, the House narrowly passed the bill to abolish the death penalty. The measure now moves to the Senate, where it will be considered when that chamber returns to the Capitol next week.

Lawmakers approved Senate Bill 3539 with the required 60 votes after waging an earlier emotional, hour-long debate. However, the $20 million annual cost of death penalty cases that convinced state Rep. Patrick J. Verschoore to change his previous “no” vote to “yes.”

“I was on both sides of this issue. But then you think of the potential cost savings of this bill, and the state needs all of the savings we can get,” Verschoore said. “Besides, my wife was on me to vote for it.”

“Let’s instead put that money where it really matters,” said state Rep. Karen Yarbrough. “Let’s give law enforcement some training that they need to wage the fight against crime. Let’s give victims of these heinous crimes the support and services that they long deserve.”

Former FBI agent and state Rep. Jim Sacia could not be swayed. He recalled that Brian Dugan confessed to the 1985 killing of 7-year-old Melissa Ackerman in exchange for avoiding the death penalty.

“We wouldn’t have had information on the heinousness of this crime had we not had the tool of the death penalty,” Sacia said.

Rep. Robert W. Pritchard said issues of life and death aren’t that cut and dried.

“I agree there are cases that we’d like to have that perpetrator put to death,” Pritchard said. “But it’s arbitrary how and who we pursue in those cases.”

Rep. William Burns agreed and noted that the death penalty has often been biased in its implementation.

“If you’re an African-American who kills a white victim, you’re more likely to be sentenced to death than a white person who kills a black person,” Burns said. “That if you’re low-income, if you are uneducated, you’re more likely to be sentenced to death than someone who has more education and more money.”[4]

Redistricting

Sen. Raoul said the level of transparency during the mapmaking process in 2011 was unparallelled. The legislature hosted hearings before and after the redistricting map was drawn. The current proposed map was posted online.

"As soon as we had a proposed map, we put it out on there," said Raoul.[5]

Elections

2014

See also: Illinois gubernatorial election, 2014

Raoul is considering a run for Governor of Illinois in the 2014 election.[1]

2012

See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Raoul won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 13. He was unopposed in the Democratic Primary on March 20[6][7] and was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[8]

Illinois State Senate, District 13, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKwame Raoul Incumbent 100% 74,295
Total Votes 74,295

2010

See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2010

Raoul won re-election to the 13th District Seat in the Illinois State Senate with no opposition. The election took place on November 2, 2010.[9]

Illinois State Senate, District 13 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Kwame Raoul (D) 52,254 100.0%

Raoul ran unopposed in the Democratic primary election on February 2nd.[10]

2006

On November 7, 2006, Democrat Kwame Raoul won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 13 receiving 49,616 votes, ahead of Republican Charles Kinzer (5,743 votes).[11]


Illinois State Senate, District 13 (2006)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Kwame Raoul (D) 49,616
Charles Kinzer (R) 5,743

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Raoul is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Raoul raised a total of $1,278,677 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 16, 2013.[12]

Kwame Raoul's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State Senate, District 13 Won $301,796
2010 Illinois State Senate, District 13 Won $327,011
2008 Illinois State Senate, District 13 Not up for election $311,665
2006 Illinois State Senate, District 13 Won $338,205
1996 Illinois State Senate, District 12 Defeated $0
Grand Total Raised $1,278,677

2012

Raoul won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Raoul raised a total of $301,796.

2010

Raoul won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Raoul raised a total of $327,011.

2008

Raoul was not up for election to the Illinois State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Raoul raised a total of $311,665.

2006

Raoul won election to the Illinois State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Raoul raised a total of $338,205.

Scorecards

Illinois Opportunity Project

See also: Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card

The Illinois Opportunity Project, "an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds," annually releases its Legislative Vote Card, grading all members in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on the basis of their support of "pro-growth economic policies that increase personal freedom and reign in expansive government."[13][14]

2012

Raoul received a score of 14.29 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of F according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the 47th highest among all 59 members of the Illinois State Senate included in the Vote Card.[14]

Personal

Kwame and his wife, Kali, have two children.

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