Cook County Democratic Party officials gather around Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) after announcing their endorsement of him for Illinois Attorney General. Credit: Mike Fourcher.

Eight candidates trooped through the crowded conference room in downtown Chicago. Then the Cook County Democratic Party decided after two hours of speeches and about fifteen minutes of deliberation to endorse State Sen. Kwame Raoul for Illinois Attorney General. While candidates often trot out their resumes and tout their policy plans at slating meetings, the endorsements are usually as much about relationships than they are about qualifications.

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