* My Crain’s Chicago Business column…
Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul has had a stressful few years.
He battled and then beat prostate cancer (which killed his father and his maternal grandfather) and then went on to win a contentious and sometimes bitter 2018 primary and general election for attorney general. He got married, and then his mom died in 2019.
Raoul was barely a year in office when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the world. And then in mid-June, he tested positive for the virus.
I talked to Raoul on June 30, his first day back in his Chicago office. He sounded tired, but he was still mentally sharp.
He said he wasn’t as worried when he tested positive for the coronavirus as he was when he was diagnosed with cancer because the same cancer had already taken two family members. Still, he said, he did worry about passing the virus along to his family.
Raoul said tiredness was, and remains, his main symptom. When he was still quarantined in his bedroom for two weeks, in order to avoid infecting his family, even the simple act of reading a legal brief wore him out so much that he’d have to take a nap for a couple of hours. He’s moved past that now, but he’s not yet his old self.
The attorney general continued his work on police reforms throughout his home stay. George Floyd’s murder convinced him to revive his proposal from when he was in the state Senate to license police officers.
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