Illinois AG Race: Raoul, Harold Criticize Each Other's Potential Impact On Families

Craig Dellimore
September 25, 2018 - 6:22 pm

Kwame Raoul; Erika Harold (WBBM Newsradio/Craig Dellimore)

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – The top contenders for Illinois attorney general were slamming each other Tuesday for what they say are false attacks by the other.

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore sums up the latest debate, held before the Chicago Tribune editorial board.

Republican candidate Erika Harold said she supports same sex-couples adopting or being foster parents, despite Democrat Kwame Raoul’s ad suggesting otherwise.

Harold said, yes, she is pro-life and did not favor same-sex marriage, but she says those are settled laws that she would uphold.

Harold said Raoul once fought for a woman seeking child custody, even though other children in her household had come to harm. 

Kwame Raoul says he was appointed to that case as a private attorney and he was doing his job to defend the woman in a juvenile case.

Libertarian candidate Bubba Harsey also took part in the debate. 

Harold said she doesn’t think incumbent Attorney General Lisa Madigan has gone after public corruption enough, but she said it was wrong for Gov. Bruce Rauner, a fellow Republican, to say he hopes she goes after Illinois House Speaker Madigan, D-Chicago, if elected.

Raoul agreed with Harold that the office should not be "weaponized.”