News | Press Releases | 10/10/18

Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans endorses Kwame Raoul for AG

CHICAGO¬†‚Äď ¬†The Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans (IARA) has endorsed Kwame Raoul, Democratic candidate for attorney general, today. IARA is a statewide organization that advocates for the rights and well-being of over 257,000 retirees and their families.

‚ÄúIllinois needs an attorney general who will represent the needs of retirees,‚ÄĚ IARA President¬†Barbara Franklin¬†said. ‚ÄúKwame Raoul will listen to and be a champion for seniors across the state. We are proud to endorse him.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúI‚Äôm thankful for the Illinois Alliance‚Äôs support and for retired Illinoisans‚Äô activism for the public good,‚Ä̬†Raoul¬†said. ‚ÄúThe attorney general plays an important role in protecting the rights and financial security of senior citizens, and¬†people can count on me to step up on their behalf. Retired Illinoisans support their communities through volunteering, voting, advocating and sharing their wisdom; they are also disproportionately vulnerable to scams, mistreatment in long-term care settings, and financial exploitation by a relative.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúAs attorney general, I will go after fraud that targets seniors and safeguard their access to high-quality¬†healthcare¬†and long-term care at a time when the federal government has stepped back from its enforcement obligations, leaving them at risk,‚Ä̬†Raoul¬†said. ‚ÄúAnd I will always speak out against schemes to privatize Medicare and Social Security. Working people pay into these programs, and their security¬†once they retire should be non-negotiable.‚ÄĚ

In the state Senate, Raoul passed consumer protections for seniors and fought against pharmaceutical plan practices that create difficulties for retirees on fixed incomes. When his opponent¬†Erika Harold¬†ran for Congress in 2014,¬†the Chicago Tribune editorial board, endorsing her, wrote¬†that she was ‚Äúunafraid, for example, to argue for specific (and unpopular) changes to Medicare and Social Security benefits.‚ÄĚ

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