|Illinois State Senate District 13|
| Assumed office|
| Current term ends|
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.
Raoul serves on these committees:
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.
- See Also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2010
|Illinois State Senate, District 13 (2010)|
|Kwame Raoul (D)||52,254||100.0%|
Raoul ran unopposed in the Democratic primary election on February 2nd.
|Illinois State Senate, District 13 (2006)|
|Kwame Raoul (D)||49,616|
|Charles Kinzer (R)||5,743|
In 2006, Raoul collected $311,665 in donations.
Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.
|Citizens for Emil Jones Jr.||$25,000|
|Illinois Trial Lawyers Association||$17,100|
|Friends of Clayborne||$10,000|
|Friends of Will Burns||$8,600|
|Illinois Credit Union League||$6,170|
|Barbara Flynn Currie for State Representative||$5,560|
|Timothy J. Rand||$5,000|
|Northern Trust Co.||$4,250|
|Construction & General Laborers District Council of Chicago & Vicinity||$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|
Raoul represents Illinois Senate District 13. District 13 includes Chicago Skyway Region.
Kwame is married to Kali Raoul. They have two children and reside in Chicago, Illinois.
- Sen. Raoul's website
- Biography from the Illinois General Assembly
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Raoul's facebook
- Raoul's LinkedIn
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 1996
- "Illinois General Assembly" List of Illinois Senate Committees, July 28, 2009
- "Local prosecutors: Don’t rush death penalty vote," Illinois Statehouse News, January 4, 2011
- 2010 Illinois General Election Results
- 2010 Illinois Primary Election Results
- Illinois Senate election results for 2008
- Raoul Campaign Donors
- "Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Northeast Illinois Legislative District Maps, July 29, 2009
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