Illinois’ first new Attorney General in 16 years takes aim at Trump policies

Illinois’ first new Attorney General in 16 years takes aim at Trump policies

ILLINOIS (IRN) — It wasn’t just a new governor being sworn in Monday, there was also the first new attorney general for Illinois in 16 years who took the oath.


He was a state senator, and now he can add Attorney General to his résumé. Kwame Raoul took the oath of office Monday in Springfield, filling the office vacated by Lisa Madigan, who decided not to run for another term. Raoul said the office is different from what it was even just four years ago.


“The role of state attorney general not just here, but throughout our country, has evolved dramatically in recent years as the nation and the world have looked to these previously obscure state officials to block misguided federal policies that violate our citizens’ rights,” Raoul said.


In addition to standing up to Trump’s policies, Raoul said his office will also work against unduly burdensome utility rates, guard privacy in the era of smart technology and protect against environmental threats.


Other statewide constitutional officers also were sworn in on Monday.


Secretary of State Jesse White took his fifth oath of office for that seat Monday. He’s been there for 20 years.


“And thanks to you, I received the largest number of votes in a midterm election in the history of the state of Illinois,” White said.


Comptroller Susana Mendoza, who’s also running for Chicago Mayor in a runoff election next month, took the oath and said despite the state’s mounting debt, Illinois is still the best place to live.


“This is it! The weather only weeds out the people who don’t deserve to live here,” Mendoza said to laughter.


While this is Mendoza’s second swearing it, it only begins her third year as she took the office in a special election from Republican Leslie Munger, who former Gov. Bruce Rauner appointed to the office after the death of Judy Baar Topinka.


If Mendoza wins the mayoral race in the February runoff and subsequent April mayoral election and vacated the office of comptroller, Pritzker would pick her replacement.


Treasurer Michael Frerichs also took the oath for his second term.


All constitutional officers are Democrats.