Illinois Attorney General Race a Battle Over Independence
See Backgrounds on Each of Ten Candidates
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Eight Democrats and two Republicans are vying for the Attorney General seat following Lisa Madigan's surprise announcement that she won't seek a fifth term.

The race has become a battle of who is most politically and financially independent. Perceived front-runners on the Democratic side are Sen. Kwame Raoul and former Gov. Pat Quinn. The two recently engaged in an ad campaign war accusing each other of conflicts of interest.

Other candidates say they'll be an independent voice who can stand up to the party establishment and fight public corruption.

Attorney and former Miss America Erika Harold faces litigation attorney Gary Grasso for the Republican nomination.

The primary election is March 20.

Here are all the candidates, at a glance, in the order they appear on the ballot.

 **DEMOCRATS**

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 Pat Quinn

 Hometown: Chicago

 Age: 69

 Occupation: Attorney

Education: Bachelor's degree, Georgetown University; law degree, Northwestern University School of Law

Public offices held: Illinois governor, 2009-2015; Illinois lieutenant governor, 2003-2009; state treasurer, 1991-1995; commissioner of the Cook County Board of Tax Appeals, 1982-1986

Previous professional experience: Founder of Coalition for Political Honesty; revenue director for the city of Chicago

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 Renato Mariotti

 Hometown: Chicago

 Age: 41

Occupation: Attorney, partner at Thompson Coburn since 2016

Education: Bachelor's degree, University of Chicago; law degree, Yale Law School

Public offices held: None

Previous professional experience: federal prosecutor; associate at Heller Ehrman

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 Scott Drury

 Hometown: Highwood

 Age: 45

Occupation: State representative; adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law; attorney, founder of Drury Law, LLC

Education: Bachelor's degree, University of California, Berkeley; law degree, Northwestern University School of Law

Public offices held: Illinois state representative since 2013

Previous professional experience: counsel at Reed Smith LLP; federal prosecutor; litigation associate at Sachnoff & Weaver, Ltd.; litigation associate at Holleb & Coff

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 Nancy Rotering

 Hometown: Highland Park

 Age: 56

 Occupation: Highland Park Mayor 

Education: Bachelor's degree, Stanford University; master of business administration, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management; law degree, University of Chicago Law School

Public offices held: Mayor of Highland Park since 2011, city councilwoman of Highland Park City Council, 2009-2011; appointed planning commissioner for Highland Park, 2006-2009; appointed environmental commissioner for Highland Park, 2005-2006

Previous professional experience: Founder of Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic; legislative aide of Rep. Karen May; attorney with McDermott Will & Emery; benefits analyst at General Motors

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 Kwame Raoul

 Hometown: Chicago

 Age: 53

Occupation: State senator; partner at the health law group Quarles & Brady

Education: Bachelor's degree, DePaul University; law degree, Chicago-Kent College of Law

Public offices held: State senator since 2004

Previous professional experience: Partner at Quarles & Brady; prosecutor in the Cook County State's Attorney's office; in-house counsel for City Colleges of Chicago; senior counsel for Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone Law Firm

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 Jesse Ruiz

 Hometown: Chicago

 Age: 53

Occupation: Partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Board of Commissioners President of the Chicago Park District

Education: Bachelor's degree, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; law degree, University of Chicago Law School

Public offices held: none

Previous professional experience: chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education; Vice President of the Chicago Board of Education; Commissioner for the U.S. Department of Education Equity and Excellence Commission; associate at Booz Allen & Hamilton

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 Sharon Fairley 

 Hometown: Chicago

 Age: 57

 Occupation: Attorney

Education: Bachelor's degree, Princeton University; master of business administration, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School; law degree, University of Chicago Law School

Public offices held: Chief Administrator of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, 2016-2017; chief administrator of the Independent Police Review Authority, 2015-2017

Previous professional experience: General Counsel, City of Chicago Office of Inspector General; assistant U.S. States attorney; assistant attorney general

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 Aaron Goldstein

 Hometown: Chicago

 Age: 43

Occupation: Attorney supervisor, Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender's Office; adjunct instructor at North Park University

Education: Bachelor's degree, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; law degree, University of Iowa College of Law

Public offices held: 33rd Ward Democratic Committeeman

Previous professional experience: adjunct professor at DePaul University; founder of the Goldstein Firm, P.C.; assistant public defender for the Cook County Public Defender's Office

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 **REPUBLICANS**

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 Erika Harold

 Hometown: Urbana

 Age: 38

Occupation: Attorney at Meyer Capel, P.C.

Education: Bachelor's degree, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; law degree, Harvard Law School

Public offices held: none

Previous professional experience: attorney for Sidley Austin LLP; attorney for Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C.; member of the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Equality

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 Gary Grasso

 Hometown: Burr Ridge

 Age: 66

Occupation: Litigation attorney, founder of Grasso Bass, P.C.

Education: Bachelor's degree, Georgetown University; law degree, Fordham University School of Law

Public offices held: Mayor of Burr Ridge, 2005-2012; DuPage County Board member since 2012; DuPage 911 Emergency Telephone System Board chairman since 2014

Previous professional experience: hearing officer for the Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission; member of the Defense Research Institute-Lawyers' Professionalism & Ethics

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