Kwame Raoul

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Kwame Raoul
Kwame Raoul.jpg
Illinois State Senate District 13
Assumed office
Current term ends
Political party Democratic
Profession Legislator
Website Official website
Kwame Raoul is a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate. Raoul was first appointed to the Illinois Senate in 2004. Raoul was re-elected in November of 2006 with his term expiring in 2010.

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.

Committee assignments

Raoul serves on these committees:


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]



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.[3]

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.[4]


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).[5]

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


In 2006, Raoul collected $311,665 in donations.[6]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Citizens for Emil Jones Jr. $25,000
Oreal James $20,000
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association $17,100
Friends of Clayborne $10,000
Friends of Will Burns $8,600
Comed $7,500
Illinois Credit Union League $6,170
Synchronous Solutions $6,000
Keith Hebeisen $6,000
Barbara Flynn Currie for State Representative $5,560
Timothy J. Rand $5,000
Oreal James $5,000
Northern Trust Co. $4,250
Construction & General Laborers District Council of Chicago & Vicinity $4,000
Ameren $4,000
Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association $3,850
Illinois Realtors Association $3,650
Ariel Capital Management $3,550
Chicago Teachers Union $3,500
Illinois Venture Capital Association $3,500

District 13

Raoul represents Illinois Senate District 13. District 13 includes Chicago Skyway Region[7].


Kwame is married to Kali Raoul. They have two children and reside in Chicago, Illinois.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Illinois Senate District 13
Succeeded by