Illinois Attorney General Forum: Republican Gary Grasso

There’s no shortage of candidates to replace current Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. But while Democrats have eight candidates to choose from in their primary, on the Republican side there are just two.

Gary Grasso is an attorney, former two-time Burr Ridge mayor and is now a member of the DuPage County Board. This is the first time he has run for statewide office.

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His opponent Erika Harold is a Harvard-trained lawyer and former Miss America. Despite never having held public office, Harold has been endorsed in the Republican primary by both the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times.

Grasso’s campaign is largely self-financed but he has also received financial contributions amounting to thousands of dollars from companies incorporated in the Cayman Islands, a well-known tax haven, as well as owners of a Burr Ridge restaurant named in an FBI mafia investigation.

Grasso admitted to making some “first-time mistakes” according to a report by WCIA, a local Champaign TV station.

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