Attorney general candidates talk anti-corruption efforts

CHICAGO (AP) — Debate over the Illinois attorney general’s role in fighting corruption has taken center stage at a livestreamed Democratic candidate forum ahead of the March primary.

Eight Democrats seek the chance to replace Attorney General Lisa Madigan. They appeared Wednesday before the Chicago Tribune editorial board. The tone was fiery at times with several questioning campaign contributions to state Sen. Kwame Raoul, who leads in fundraising and high-profile endorsements.

Attorney Aaron Goldstein says fighting corruption is top priority.

Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering, former police reform chief Sharon Fairley and Chicago Park District leader Jesse Ruiz want to expand the office’s powers to investigate corruption. Raoul, state Rep. Scott Drury and former Gov. Pat Quinn noted pushes to increase transparency.

Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti says Illinois’ standards should be higher.