Illinois’ Attorney General Kwame Raoul Tests Positive For COVID-19

Attorney General Kwame Raoul
Attorney General Kwame Raoul speak during a news conference in 2019. Noreen Nasir / Associated Press
Attorney General Kwame Raoul
Attorney General Kwame Raoul speak during a news conference in 2019. Noreen Nasir / Associated Press

Illinois’ Attorney General Kwame Raoul Tests Positive For COVID-19

Illinois’ Attorney General has tested positive for COVID-19.

Kwame Raoul, in his second year as the state’s top law enforcement officer, announced he began experiencing symptoms over the weekend and was encouraged to get tested by his health care provider.

While the results showed he is positive for the coronavirus, Raoul said his symptoms remain mild.

“I have been self-isolating since the onset of my symptoms, and I will continue to do so in accordance with guidance from my doctor and public health authorities. Additionally, we are in the process of notifying individuals I may have come into contact with so that they can self-isolate and seek telehealth guidance,” Raoul said in a statement.

“My symptoms continue to be mild, and I am in regular contact with my staff in order to continue to manage the operations of my office. As I join the countless Illinois residents working from home, the programs and services provided by the Attorney General’s office will continue uninterrupted.”

Raoul is the first statewide official to announce he tested positive for COVID-19.

Last month, a senior staff member of Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration tested positive, prompting the governor to work remotely from his home. Pritzker himself tested negative for COVID-19.

Tony Arnold covers Illinois state politics for WBEZ.