In the four weeks following the end of the legislative session, state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) raised more than $400,000 from more than 450 donors — including Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle.
“He has received wide-spread support in his fundraising efforts thus far, including $25,000 from Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle,” says Hanah Jubeh, a senior advisor to Raoul. “He’s received broad-based support not just from her but from other (elected officials) as well.”
Raoul told the Sun-Times in March that he would make a bid for Illinois Attorney General should Lisa Madigan vacates her post to run for governor. He said he would await the conclusion of the Springfield session to focus on fund-raising.
“This is under the assumption that if there should be a position that is open he will be positioned to best capitalize on that,” says Jubeh.
Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon has also announced she is interested in Lisa Madigan’s much-coveted AG spot. Her numbers were not yet available.