Election 2010 – Illinois Attorney General and Secretary of State
As part of the complete slate that Democrats have wielded in Illinois over the past four years, incumbent Jesse White is running for reelection as Secretary of State and Lisa Madigan is running for a second term as Attorney General. Neither they nor their Republican challengers faced competition in a primary.
The incumbent in this race is Democrat Lisa Madigan. Long thought to be considering running for US Senate or Governor, Madigan decied to run for her third term as the state’s top lawyer. Daughter of powerful Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, the AG has distinguished herself by her emphasis on protecting Illinois’ consumers and running a strong anti-drug campaign. To learn more, click here.
Hoping to defeat the sitting Attorney General is Republican Steve Kim. An attorney and businessman who served in Governor Jim Edgar’s administration, Kim will have to raise his profile and beat back much of Illinois’ political establishment to pull off the upset. To learn more, click here.
Also running is David Black on the Green Party ticket, an attorney.
Secretary of State
Thrust into the spotlight by having to maintain order during the Rod Blagojevich scandal and subsequent appointment of Roland Burris to the US Senate, incumbent Secretary of State Jessie White is looking to return to office for 4 more years. First elected to the post in 1998, an unusually long political lifespan given how grisly the political scene can be in Illinois, White is famous for starting the Jessie White Tumbling Team, an organization for intercity Chicago youth. To learn more, click here.
Running against him is Republican Robert Enriquez. Born to American parents and growing up in Honduras, Enriquez is a veteran of the US Marines and has worked for various international businesses. He also currently serves on the Illinois Human Rights Commission. To learn more, click here.
Also running are Green Party’s Adrian Frost and Libertarian Josh Hanson.