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Illinois’ new attorney general is talking about his role both in and outside of the state.
In his victory speech Tuesday night, State Sen. Kwame Raoul spoke about his new job as Illinois Attorney General not just being limited to the state of Illinois.
"Because of the direction that [President] Donald Trump is taking us, it is critical that we have attorneys general throughout the country not just acting individually, but collectively to defend the decency of this country as we know it," Raoul told a crowd of supporters.
Raoul easily beat Republican Erika Harold, winning the race to replace Lisa Madigan by 11 points.
As for his plans for Illinois, Raoul said he wants to follow in Madigan’s footsteps. He called her an awesome attorney general.
The loss is Harold’s second in two attempts at elected office, but she says she’s not giving up.
"Things like criminal justice reform, things like fighting public corruption, like taking partisanship out of our politics," Harold said. "Those are fundamental principals that are important to me…those are things that I will continue to advocate for."
Raoul’s win means that every Illinois statewide office will be held by a Democrat next year.