As we begin 2013, we are starting to hear more and more about potential candidates for office in 2014.A number of people have begun floating their names as possible candidates for Governor. One of these possible candidates, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, has signaled that she is interested in running in 2014. However, there is sure to be a primary on the Democrat side, since Governor Quinn is likely to seek re-election and Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley is also exploring a run. The likelihood of Madigan announcing her candidacy is still considered to be unlikely, but if she does in fact decide to run, it will leave several on both sides of the aisle getting in line to replace Attorney General Madigan.
Here is a very early list of possible Republican candidates to run for Attorney General if Madigan decides to step down. Minority Leader Tom Cross, State Rep. Dennis Reboletti,Dupage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin, Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran, State Senator Sen. Kirk Dillard, State Senator Sen. Matt Murphy, State Rep. Rep. Jim Durkin, and Aurora Alderman /Attorney Richard Irvin.
Cross was first elected to the General Assembly in 1992. He has served as Republican Minority Leader in the House of Representatives and was just recently re-elected to that position. Cross received his Bachelors in Political Science from Illinois Wesleyan University and his JD from Cumberland Law School in Alabama. Apart from his time as legislator, Cross is a partner at Mahoney, Silverman, and Cross in Joliet and served as a prosecutor for States Attorney’s office in Kendall County for eight years.
Roboletti, a career prosecutor, was first elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2006. He received his BA from Eastern Illinois University and his JD from Valparaiso University School of Law. Before serving as State Representative, He was an Assistant States Attorney under then Attorney General Jim Ryan. He has served as Deputy Addison Township Assessor, Elmhurst 2nd Ward Alderman, and Trustee to the Addison Township Board. He was just re-elected to the House of Representatives in November.
Berlin, a career prosecutor, is currently serving as the DuPage County States Attorney having been elected in 2010. He received his bachelors from Dickinson College and his JD from Washington University of Law. He has served in the States Attorney offices in Cook, Kane, and DuPage Counties. His service includes Deputy Supervisor of the Criminal Appeals Division for Cook County State’s Attorney office, First Assistant State’s Attorney in the office of the Kane County State’s Attorney, Deputy Chief of the Juvenile Division, Deputy Chief of Felony Trial Division, and Chief of the Criminal Bureau for the DuPage County State’s Attorney.
Curran has had an interesting political past having made national news in 2008 for volunteering to spend in a week in Waukegan Prison to understand what it was like to be a prisoner. He was elected Lake County Sheriff in 2006 as a Democrat, but later switched parties. He won reelection as a Republican in 2010. He has served as a prosecutor in Cook and Lake Counties, he has run his own law practice, and taught criminal justice at Columbia College for 10 years. Curran is the only one who has mentioned his desire to run.
Dillard was elected to the state senate in 1994 after a number of years of governmental service. He received his Bachelors from Western Illinois University and JD from DePaul University College of Law. From 1987 to 1991 Dillard served as an Illinois Judge in the Court of Claims. Currently he is a partner at the Chicago branch of the respected Locke Lord, LLP and is a Public Policy School Mentor at the University of Chicago. He is also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the DePaul University College of Law.
Murphy was first elected to the Harper Community College Board in 2003. He served there until being elected to the State Senate in 2006 where he currently represents. He received his bachelor’s degree from University of Iowa and his JD from John Marshall Law School. Currently he is an Associate Attorney at Brian J. McManus & Associates. He also serves as co-chairman of the Northwest Suburban Alliance on Domestic Violence and on the executive boards for the Palatine Park District Foundation, Preservation of Human Dignity, and the Women in Need Growing Stronger organizations.
Durkin was first elected Trustee of Triton Community College in 1991. He served in Illinois House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003. In 2002 he ran against Dick Durbin for U.S. Senate but was unsuccessful. He again was reelected to the Illinois House in 2006 and was just reelected again in November. He received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Illinois State University and later a J.D. from John Marshall Law School. He formally served as assistant Illinois Attorney General and assistant Cook County State Attorney. Currently he is an Assistant Republican Leader in the Illinois House and sits on the John Marshall Law School Board of Trustees.
Irvin was elected Alderman-at-Large for the Aurora City Council in 2007. In 2009 he ran unsuccessfully for Mayor of Aurora. Upon his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, he studied at Robert Morris College and graduated with a B.A. Later he went to Northern Illinois University and received a J.D. Currently he owns his own law firm, The Law Offices of Richard C. Irvin & Associates and has worked as a prosecutor for Kane County States Attorney office and also as an assistant States Attorney for the Cook County State’s Attorney. He currently serves as Alderman-at-Large in Aurora.