Chicago, October 18: It’s now official, former CPS Board member, Jesse Ruiz is running for the Democratic nomination for Illinois Attorney-General.
Ruiz, is a partner in the Chicago law firm of DrinkerBiddle. In 2016, Ruiz became the president of the Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners. He previously served as vice president of the Chicago Board of Education.
In 2015, Ruiz stepped in as the Interim CEO of Chicago Public Schools, when the then current CEO was forced to step down. Ruiz also served as chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education.
Aside from his work in the area of education Ruiz – according to his lawfirm’s biography of him — “counsels clients on corporate finance issues; negotiation of consulting and other commercial agreements; reorganizations; corporate compliance; corporate governance issues; employment matters; and the formation of business entities in the United States, Latin America and Europe.”
Here’s a profile piece released by the campaign. [ it would be nice if editors placed a higher value on hearing the CANDIDATE, and not a piano piece]
Ruiz is the child of Mexican immigrants, and in addition to his professional accomplishments, his Hispanic heritage, may well play a significant role in the race for Attorney-General, given the increase in Hispanic voters in Illinois, which helped elect Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza statewide last November.
The race for Attorney-General on the Democratic side, is increasingly crowded, with State Rep. Scott Drury, State Sen Kwame Raoul, and Sharon Fairley already having announced their candidacies, with several other individuals looking at the race. Thus far, each of the candidates comes from the Chicagoland area.
The race for the Democratic nomination for Attorney-General comes in the surprising announcement earlier, that current AG, Lisa Madigan, would not seek a fourth term.
On the Republican ticket, Erika Harold, who holds a law degree from Harvard, and practices law in Urbana, is considered the overwhelming favorite to get the nomination, and has been backed by Republican leaders, such as House Republican Leader, Jim Durkin.
Erika Harold is a former Miss America, who entered that competition, in the hope of gaining the $50,000 in scholarship funds, to help her afford the tuition at Harvard Law.