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Democratic Illinois attorney general debate in Peoria

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Current Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that she will not seek re-election in November.

That is why several community leaders and local organizations hosted a debate between the next group of democratic candidates in Peoria. 

The 2018 Attorney General Debate took place Saturday evening.

Topics included criminal justice reform and victim compensation. 

"I've spent most of my legal career in the criminal justice system, so criminal justice reform is really going to be a big priority for me and that includes in general promoting public safety," said Attorney General candidate Sharon Fairley. 

Candidates talked about their position, issues and visions for how they would run the Illinois Attorney General's office.

"I want to focus on what I call economic justice, representing people who are struggling to make ends meet," stated Attorney General candidate Renato Mariotti.  

"The Attorney General's office in the state of Illinois should be an office that can take on public corruption, regardless of party," said Attorney General candidate Scott Drury. 

"I think it's critical that we have an open, honest and transparent government that every Illinoian has faith in," stated Attorney General candidate Jesse Ruiz. 

The seat has not been open in almost two decades.

"I want to be Attorney General to continue that fight of criminal justice reform," said Attorney General candidate Kwame Raoul. 

"Illinois needs an independent, experienced, principled Attorney General. We need that advocate. This is an important race now and even more important in November," said Attorney General candidate Nancy Rotering. 

Candidate Aaron Goldstein was also at the event, but we were not able to catch him for an interview.

Former governor and candidate Pat Quinn did not make an appearance despite being in Chicago earlier Saturday for a question and answer panel.

State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth said it is important for candidates to be transparent and accountable.

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