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  |Status = Incumbent
 
  |Status = Incumbent
 
  |Tenure =2004 - Present
 
  |Tenure =2004 - Present
  |Term ends = [[Term-end dates of legislators elected on November 2, 2010|January 12, 2013]]
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  |Term ends = [[Term-end dates of legislators elected on November 6, 2012|January 11, 2017]]
 
  |Assumed office =2004
 
  |Assumed office =2004
  |Political party =Democratic
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  |Base salary = $67,836/year
 
  |Base salary = $67,836/year
  |Per diem = $132/day
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  |Per diem = $111/day
 
  |Pension  =  
 
  |Pension  =  
  |Last election = [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2010|November 2, 2010]]
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  |Last election = [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
 
  |Appointed = 2004
 
  |Appointed = 2004
 
  |Appointed by =  
 
  |Appointed by =  
 
  |First elected =  
 
  |First elected =  
 
  |Term limits =  
 
  |Term limits =  
  |Next election = [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
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  |Next election = November 8, 2016
 
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  |Campaign website = http://www.kwameraoul.com/
 
  |Campaign website = http://www.kwameraoul.com/
 
  |Personal website = http://www.facebook.com/KwameRaoul
 
  |Personal website = http://www.facebook.com/KwameRaoul
}}{{tnr}}'''Kwame Raoul''' is a [[Democratic Party (United States)|Democratic]] member of the [[Illinois State Senate]]. Raoul was first appointed to the Illinois Senate in 2004.  Raoul was re-elected in November of 2010 with his term expiring in 2013.
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}}{{tnr}}'''Kwame Raoul''' is a [[Democratic Party|Democratic]] member of the [[Illinois State Senate]], representing [[Illinois State Senate District 13|District 13]]. He was first appointed to the chamber in 2004.
  
Raoul graduated with his Bachelor's Degree from DePaul and his Juris Doctorate degree from Chicago-Kent Law. Before becoming a full-time Senator, Raoul was the President of Relationship Strategies International LLC.
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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==
 
==Committee assignments==
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===2013-2014===
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At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Raoul served on the following committees:
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{{Committee Assignments
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|State = Illinois
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|year = 2013
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|Chamber = State Senate
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|Committee1 = Committee of the Whole
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|Chair2 = Vice-Chairperson
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|Committee2 = Criminal Law
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|Committee3 = Insurance
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|Committee4 = Judiciary
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|Chair4 = Chair
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|Committee5 = Labor and Commerce
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|Committee6 = Public Pensions & State Investments
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|Chair6 = Co-chair
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|Committee7 = Public Health
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}}
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===2011-2012===
 
===2011-2012===
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Raoul has been appointed to these committees:
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In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Raoul served on these committees:
* [[Committee of the Whole, Illinois Senate]]
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{{Committee Assignments
* [[Criminal Law Committee, Illinois State Senate]], Vice Chair
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|State = Illinois
* [[Financial Institutions Committee, Illinois State Senate]]
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|year = 2011
* [[Judiciary Committee, Illinois State Senate]]
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|Collapse = Yes
* [[Pensions and Investments Committee, Illinois State Senate]], Chair
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|Chamber = State Senate
* [[Redistricting Committee, Illinois State Senate]], Chair
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|Committee1 = Committee of the Whole
* Subcommittee on Pension Reforms, Vice Chair
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|Chair1 =
* Subcommittee on Special Issues (Criminal Law), Chair
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|Chair2 = Vice Chair
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|Chair5 = Chair
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|Chair6 = Chair
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|Committee2 = Criminal Law
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|Committee3 = Financial Institutions
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|Committee4 = Judiciary
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|Committee5 = Pensions and Investments
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|Committee6 = Redistricting
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|Committee7 =
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}}
  
 
===2009-2010===
 
===2009-2010===
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Raoul served on these committees:
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In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Raoul served on these committees:<ref>[http://www.ilga.gov/senate/committees/default.asp ''Illinois General Assembly'', "List of Illinois Senate Committees," July 28, 2009]</ref>
* [[Consumer Protection Committee, Illinois State Senate|Consumer Protection]]
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{{Committee Assignments
* [[Criminal Law Committee, Illinois State Senate|Criminal Law]]
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|State = Illinois
* [[Judiciary Committee, Illinois State Senate|Judiciary]]
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|year = 2009
* [[Pensions and Investments Committee, Illinois State Senate|Pensions and Investments]]
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|Collapse = Yes
* [[Redistricting Committee, Illinois State Senate|Redistricting]]<ref>[http://www.ilga.gov/senate/committees/default.asp "Illinois General Assembly" List of Illinois Senate Committees, July 28, 2009]</ref>.
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|Chamber = State Senate
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|Committee1 = Consumer Protection
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|Chair1 =
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|Chair2 =
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|Committee2 = Criminal Law
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|Committee3 = Judiciary
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|Committee4 = Pensions and Investments
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|Committee5 = Redistricting
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|Committee6 =
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|Committee7 =
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}}
  
 
==Issues==
 
==Issues==
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==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2012===
 
===2012===
 
::''See also: [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012]]''
 
::''See also: [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012]]''
  
Raoul is running for re-election to the 13th District seat in the [[Illinois State Senate]] in [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012|2012]]. He is unopposed in the Democratic Primary on March 20, 2012.<ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/InfoForCandidates.aspx ''Illinois State Board of Elections'' "Candidate List," December 5, 2011]</ref>
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Raoul won re-election in the [[State legislative elections, 2012|2012 election]] for [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012|Illinois State Senate]] District 13. He was unopposed in the Democratic Primary on March 20<ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/InfoForCandidates.aspx ''Illinois State Board of Elections'', "Candidate List," accessed December 5, 2011]</ref><ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/Downloads/ElectionInformation/VoteTotals/2012GPOfficialVote.pdf ''Illinois State Board of Elections'', "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed May 14, 2014]</ref> and was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/Downloads/ElectionInformation/VoteTotals/2012GEOfficialVote.pdf ''Illinois State Board of Elections'', “Official Vote - November 6, 2012 General Election,” accessed December 31, 2012]</ref>
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{{Election box 2012
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|Chamber= Illinois State Senate, District 13, General Election
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|party1= Democratic
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|winner1 = Kwame Raoul
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|Inc1 = Y
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|votes1 = 74295
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}}
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===2010===
 
===2010===
  
 
::''See also: [[Illinois State Senate elections, 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.<ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/Downloads/ElectionInformation/VoteTotals/2010GEOfficialVote.pdf 2010 Illinois General Election Results]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/Downloads/ElectionInformation/VoteTotals/2010GEOfficialVote.pdf ''Illinois Board of Elections'', "2010 Illinois General Election Results," November 2, 2010]</ref>
 
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   office = Illinois State Senate, District 13 (2010)
 
   office = Illinois State Senate, District 13 (2010)
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Raoul ran unopposed in the Democratic primary election on February 2nd.<ref>[http://www.ildems.com/Candidates.htm 2010 Illinois Primary Election Results]</ref>
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Raoul ran unopposed in the Democratic primary election on February 2nd.<ref>[http://www.ildems.com/Candidates.htm ''Illinois Democratic Party'', "2010 Illinois Primary Election Results," February 3, 2010]</ref>
  
 
===2006===
 
===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).<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_election_results.phtml?s=IL&y=2008 ''Illinois Senate election results for 2008'']</ref>
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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).<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_election_results.phtml?s=IL&y=2008 ''Follow the Money'', "Illinois Senate election results for 2008," November 4, 2008]</ref>
  
  
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
===2006===
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{{Comprehensive donor history
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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|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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}}
  
Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.
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===2012===
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{{SLP donor box 2012
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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=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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|}}
  
{{legislative donor box}}
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===2010===
|-
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{{SLP donor box 2010
| Citizens for Emil Jones Jr.
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|name = Raoul
| align="right" | $25,000
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|full Name = Kwame Raoul
|-
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=116899
| Oreal James
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|office= Illinois State Senate
| align="right" | $20,000
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|new = no
|-
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|party = Democratic
| Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
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|total raised = 327,011
| align="right" | $17,100
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|org1 = Comed
|-
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|org2 = Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
| Friends of Clayborne
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|org3 = Rogers Jr, John W
| align="right" | $10,000
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|org4 = Nyhan Pfister Bambrick Kinzie & Lowry Pc
|-
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|org5 = Humana
| Friends of Will Burns
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|orgamount1 = 7100
| align="right" | $8,600
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|orgamount2 = 6000
|-
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|orgamount3 = 6000
| Comed
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|orgamount4 = 5500
| align="right" | $7,500
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|orgamount5 = 5250
|-
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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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==District 13==
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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
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|}}
  
Raoul represents Illinois Senate District 13.  District 13 includes Chicago Skyway Region<ref>[http://www.ilchamber.org/Chamber_PAC/District_maps/legislative_dist_neil.pdf "Illinois Chamber of * [[Commerce Committee, Illinois State Senate]], Northeast Illinois Legislative District Maps, July 29, 2009]</ref>.  
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===2006===
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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
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised = 338,205
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|org1 = Ariel Capital Management
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|org2 = Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
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|org3 = Chicago Teachers Union
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|org4 = Rogers Jr, John W
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|org5 = Cmte to Elect Larry Rogers Jr
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|orgamount1 = 11000
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|orgamount2 = 9000
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|orgamount3 = 6500
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|orgamount4 = 6500
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|orgamount5 = 5000
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|}}
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==Scorecards==
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===Illinois Opportunity Project===
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::''See also: [[Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card]]''
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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."<ref>[https://illinoisopportunity.org/the-project/ ''Illinois Opportunity Project'', "The Project," accessed February 21, 2013]</ref><ref name="IOP">[http://illinoisopportunity.org/votecard/ ''Illinois Opportunity Project'', "Legislative Vote Card home page," accessed February 21, 2013]</ref>
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====2012====
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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.<ref name="IOP"/>
  
 
==Personal==
 
==Personal==
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Kwame and his wife, Kali, have two children.
  
Kwame is married to Kali Raoul.  They have two children and reside in Chicago, Illinois.  
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==Recent news==
 
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==See also==
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*[[Illinois State Senate]]
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*[[Illinois State Senate#Standing committees|Senate Committees]]
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*[[Illinois State Legislature]]
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*[[Illinois state legislative districts]]
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
{{submit a leg link}}
 
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* [http://www.kwameraoul.com/ Sen. Raoul's website]
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*[http://www.ilga.gov/senate/Senator.asp?GA=98&MemberID=1917 Biography, bills and committees] at the 98th Illinois General Assembly
* [http://www.ilga.gov/senate/Senator.asp?GA=97&MemberID=1703 Biography from the Illinois General Assembly]
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**Previous sessions: [http://www.ilga.gov/senate/Senator.asp?GA=97&MemberID=1703 97th], [http://www.ilga.gov/senate/Senator.asp?GA=96&MemberID=1496 96th], [http://www.ilga.gov/senate/Senator.asp?GA=95&MemberID=1297 95th]
* [http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=33482 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
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*[http://www.kwameraoul.com/ Campaign website]
* [http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=33482 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
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* [http://www.senatedem.ilga.gov/index.php/sen-raoul-home Profile] at Illinois Senate Democrats
* [http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=679132162 Raoul's facebook]
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*[http://openstates.org/il/legislators/ILL000047/kwame-raoul/ Profile from Open States]
* [http://www.linkedin.com/pub/kwame-raoul/11/a4b/279 Raoul's LinkedIn]
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{{LegisLinks | wikipedia = Kwame_Raoul | nndb = | votesmart = 33482 | c-span = | followthemoney = | worldcat = | fb = 679132162 | flickr = | linked = kwame-raoul/11/a4b/279 | twitter = KwameRaoul | youtube = }}
* Campaign Contributions: [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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*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]
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
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Revision as of 11:23, 21 May 2014

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 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:[1]

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.[2]

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.”[3]

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.[4]

Elections

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[5][6] and was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9]

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).[10]


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.[11]

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.
Illinois State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kwame Raoul's campaign in 2012
Illinois Realtors Association$4,544
Illinois Merchants Association$4,500
Construction & General Laborers District Council of Chicago & Vicinity$4,500
Illinois Venture Capital Association$4,000
Comcast$4,000
Total Raised in 2012$301,796
Source:Follow the Money

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."[12][13]

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.[13]

Personal

Kwame and his wife, Kali, have two children.

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