Illinois Attorney General Candidates Clash Over Campaign Finances

Andy Dahn
March 04, 2018 - 5:45 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The Democratic candidates for Illinois Attorney General agreed on several issues during a debate Sunday afternoon, but there was one topic that got the eight hopefuls heated.

Attorney Sharon Fairley said that one of the race's biggest issues is campaign contributions.

"We'll never be sure about the decision making that they're implementing because we'll never be sure of the influence that these dollars have had,” she said.

Jesse Ruiz stood by his donors.

"They know there is no quid pro quo like there's never been in the various public service roles I've had for almost the past 20 years,” he said.

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, who seeks the nomination to run for attorney general, called out one of his opponents, state Sen. Kwame Raoul of Chicago.

"The senators are all supporting their fellow senator," Quinn said. "These are the very senators who didn't have a Legislative Inspector General for three years."

Raoul fired back: "The luxury here is that I have a 13-year record to demonstrate that I am not for sale."

The two-hour debate also included discussions on racial inequality, environmental protection and finances. It was hosted by the Chicago Sun-Times and Cards Against Humanity.