Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2020-08-05
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

ELECTIONS Illinois Attorney General candidate Aaron Goldstein on progressive AG agenda
by Matt Simonette
2018-03-18

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Attorney Aaron Goldstein, a former public defender who, in 2016, defeated Dick Mell as the 33rd Ward Democratic Committeeman, is running for to be Illinois' attorney general. Among his Democratic opponents opponents in the race are Renato Mariotti, Scott Drury, Jesse Ruiz, Nancy Rotering and Pat Quinn. On the Republican side, Erika Harold and Gary Grasso are also running for the position.

Windy City Times: What prompted your run?

Aaron Goldstein: I had just thought about it and all of the good things that I could do as attorney general. What I am is bold and progressive—I have that agenda and that is what I want to do. It's really about doing the most good with this position—that's been my whole career. I've represented the indigent and worked for the Coalition for the Homeless and the Legal Assistance Foundation, as well as the Cook County public defenders. That's been my whole career: Standing up for the people and the underprivileged. That's what I want to bring to the office, standing up to the big powers—banks, corporations and Trump—and having real criminal justice reform and fighting corruption.

WCT: Would you be running if Attorney General Madigan wasn't? What kind of continuity would there be between the office now and the office if you were to run it?

AG: There would be continuity in the sense that what Attorney General has done I applaud in many ways. But my assessment of her tenure is that it's a competent office, but she has been cautious. I don't think she has been as bold as I would have liked to have seen her, or lot of people of people across the state would have liked to have seen her, on a variety of issues. It's really not replacing anything she's done; I think a lot of it is maintaining that structure—the consumer protection, domestic violence work, those types of things. I don't think she has done enough on criminal justice reform or corruption. There's been some success standing up to big powers, but I don't think she's been as bold as I would be.

WCT: Speak a bit more about the issues you'd want to take on. You're characterizing this as a "bold and progressive agenda," so what does that mean?

AG: I mentioned criminal justice reform—that's a very big issue at which the attorney general needs to be at the forefront, whether it's speaking out, advocating to the legislature or going into court and arguing on behalf of people's rights. Number one is that we have got to end mass incarceration and this drug war. Number two is bail reform. I've been working on that in Cook County as a public defender. We're just about there to get rid of cash bail. We need to do that throughout the state. People shouldn't be sitting in jail because they can't post $100. It's terrible for the individual in jail and it's terrible for the public; it does nobody any good. The part about criminal justice reform [largely deals with] police accountability. Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit after Trump and Sessions elicited the federal monitor of the police department, but I don't think she's gone far enough; she needs to have the public involved as well. What I mean by that is, the community should have enforcement power over any consent decree that we're handed down.

Another issue is taking on big powers. [Madigan] has at times stood up for Trump, but other times not as much as I think she should have. I think there are some important and interesting pieces of information that she should be jumping on that I would as attorney general. There's currently a lawsuit involving the fossil fuel industry by about 20 attorneys general. Lisa Madigan has not signed onto that; I would. There should be potential litigation against gun manufacturers. They have immunity, but there should be some loopholes there and we need to hold them accountable.

WCT: What kind of work have you done with the LGBT community?

AG: My political views when it comes to the LGBTQ community are as progressive as you can get. I'm supportive of that community; many of my clients are in that community. It is sort of unknown what goes on, particularly within the transgender community—many are homeless. They have left families who have shamed and disowned them. Their communities have shamed them. So they end up with high rates of homelessness, or high rates of drug use, so they end up coming to the courthouse where I work. I work with that community as a lawyer.

With criminal justice reform, people think, "Stop shooting unarmed Black men." Bt it's bigger than that. It's the discrimination that the LGBT community goes through, because there is discrimination by police officers. I've dealt with those issues as a lawyer quite frequently.

WCT: What other issues are pertinent for the LGBT community, from the attorney general's perspective?

AG: The attorney general has three roles. One is to be that lawyer for the people. Number two is having that bully pulpit. The third thing is to be the advisor to the legislature. Every one of those fronts will be important to me. So, when it comes to discrimination, and other issues—I don't want to say Chicago is some sort of haven—it's a different dynamic when it comes to small-town Illinois. I will be vigilant when it comes to any issues when it comes to discrimination and being pro-active. When we see something, we make a quick and decisive investigation and we're moving, to go to court to stop whatever discriminatory practices are going on. When it comes to legislation, I want the community to come to me and say, "This is what we see going on, and we want you to go to work on that." So when it comes to the LGBT community, there's discrimination that's specific to the community, which we have to fight in court and with legislation as well. But there are issues that touch on everyone but affect the LGBT community even more adversely. If we can get criminal justice reform, for example, everyone is going to be helped by that.

See ag4ag.org .


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

HRC Foundation, HIT release study on voters of color, voting by mail 2020-08-06 - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation and HIT Strategies released the first results of a national survey of voters of color, ...


Gay News

DNC speakers, including Biden, not traveling to Milwaukee 2020-08-05 - After ongoing consultation with public health officials and experts—who underscored the worsening coronavirus pandemic—the Democratic National Convention Committee announced that speakers for the ...


Gay News

Byers advances in Kansas; may be first trans person elected to state legislature 2020-08-05 - Washington, DC — Today LGBTQ Victory Fund endorsed candidate Stephanie Byers won her primary for a Kansas state House seat and is on-track ...


Gay News

WORLD Human Rights Watch items, Indian prince, British Vogue 2020-08-05 - A Human Rights Watch report says that gay and bisexual men in Syria, along with transgender women, have been suffering horrific sexual violence ...


Gay News

Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame announces 2020 inductees, virtual ceremony 2020-08-03 - The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame was founded in 1991 to honor people and entities, nominated by the community, who have made significant ...


Gay News

Pritzker announces new approach for juvenile justice 2020-07-31 - On July 31, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton announced the 21st Century Illinois Transformation Model—a new plan that aims ...


Gay News

House members demand LGBTQ Pride flags be allowed on military installations 2020-07-31 - WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Armed Services Committee Vice Chair and 30-year Army veteran Congressman Anthony Brown ( MD-04 ), Subcommittee on Military Personnel ...


Gay News

Commissioners praise passage of 'Justice for Black Lives' resolution 2020-07-30 - Cook County commissioners Brandon Johnson and Kevin Morrison hailed the July 30 passage of the Justice for Black Lives Resolution by a near-unanimous ...


Gay News

Ald. Lopez's office vandalized again 2020-07-30 - Alderman Raymond Lopez said July 30 that his 15th Ward office in the Brighton Park neighborhood has been vandalized again, ABC7Chicago.com reported. He ...


Gay News

Steans calls for Madigan to resign 2020-07-28 - Democratic state Sen. Heather Steans is among those calling for Democratic Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan to step down from his post in ...


 



Copyright © 2020 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.