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    One Step Toward the Journey

    Winter 2013

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    Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus
    Photo: Brandy Renfro

    Kwame Raoul is ready for the next step.

    It’s been eight years since he succeeded Barack Obama in the Illinois Senate as a Democrat representing the 13th District on Chicago’s South Side. And just as now-President Obama moved on after eight years in Springfield, Sen. Raoul (LAW ’93) is considering his next move as well. Perhaps it will be a run for a statewide office such as attorney general, should current attorney general Lisa Madigan run for governor, or a run for the United States Senate if Dick Durbin retires in 2014, as Durbin has hinted.

    If it’s the U.S. Senate job, then Sen. Raoul would again be following in President Obama’s footsteps. Sen. Raoul isn’t committed to using his predecessor’s career as a blueprint, though; in fact, he was leaning toward a private-sector career until he received some unexpected encouragement from his teenage son last year.

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