Urbana's Harold announces bid for attorney general

Urbana's Harold announces bid for attorney general

URBANA — Erika Harold, the Harvard law school graduate, former Miss America and Urbana native, will seek the Republican nomination for Illinois attorney general in the primary election next March.

If she's successful, Harold likely would face four-term incumbent Lisa Madigan, the daughter of Michael Madigan, the longtime head of the Democratic Party of Illinois and Speaker of the Illinois House.

Since narrowly winning the post in 2002, Lisa Madigan has never received less than 60 percent of the general election vote. On June 30, her campaign fund had $2.3 million on hand, although Harold is expected to receive generous financial support from Gov. Bruce Rauner and his wealthy allies.

Harold, a practicing attorney at Meyer Capel in Champaign, made her announcement official this morning in a YouTube piece paid for by the Illinois Republican Party and Citizens for Erika Harold.

"You deserve a state government that works for the people, not the powerful," Harold said in the video. "Let's defeat the special interests and send the politicians packing."

In Illinois today, she said, "it's nearly impossible to find opportunity and live out your dreams. Instead, career politicians have made it a nightmare for too many families in our state. I want to change that."

Harold, 37, mentions that she was the target of bullying in high school and that it inspired her "to help those who need it most." Ending youth violence and bullying also was her main platform after she won the Miss America title in 2003.

Harold in 2014 challenged U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, in the Republican primary in the 13th Congressional District. She lost, 55 percent to 41 percent, but won in Champaign County.

She is expected to make her first appearance as a candidate at Wednesday's Republican Day festivities at the Illinois State Fair.

Harold lives in Urbana and serves on the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Equality, and as a commissioner on the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. She is a member of Trinity International University's Board of Regents, and serves on the national board of directors of Prison Fellowship, the world's largest outreach to prisoners and their families, and is an advocate for criminal justice reform.

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lcoil79 wrote on August 15, 2017 at 8:08 am

I really hope she is ready to have every single little "transgression" she has ever made going all the way back to 4th grade brought to the light of day.  There is no way the current AG's daddy if going to let his little girl stop being the "Top Attorney" in the State while he's still in office.  Too many agendas need her backing to go through to allow her to be replaced.

After all, the King must have his way regardless of how it affects his peasants.

billbtri5 wrote on August 15, 2017 at 9:08 am

it may be difficult to do based on all of these great things our current AG has done...such as...and there's...and....well let me get back to you on that....

cjw61822@hotmail.com wrote on August 15, 2017 at 10:08 am

Yes Lisa has put alot of politicans in jail for corruption in Illinois.


Can any Lisa supporters please tell us what she has accomplished in her tenure?


I look forward to Carol Ammons coming out and supporting a townie for this job.

wykhb wrote on August 15, 2017 at 5:08 pm

Well I do note that for once that Saul person wasn't first in here screaming their head off about Republican nazi's.    That person sure enough isn't brave enough to attack this one, even on the internet.        LOL 

CallSaul wrote on August 16, 2017 at 11:08 pm

Your continuing obsession with me is creepy and pathetic.

She has no experience and I agree with the other commenter that we certainly don't need any more Trump Republicans in office anywhere...

wykhb wrote on August 17, 2017 at 11:08 am

If anyone is an expert on being creepy and pathetically obsessed, it would be you.   Trump Trump, white male, racist, sexist, tick tock tick tock.    There, I just summed up the only talking points that you have.  You can go now, you are dismissed. 

Fuzzybeard2016 wrote on August 15, 2017 at 11:08 am
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There are already far too many Republicans in power, both in this state and in this country; we simply don't need anymore of their kind holding elected office.

wykhb wrote on August 15, 2017 at 5:08 pm

It's a good thing no Republicans have really had any power in Illinois in so long.  Imagine how bad things would be, we could be very far in debt, and slaves to the government with ever increasing taxation.  Businesses (where actual money comes from) might avoid us, and residents would leave.    Sure, Republicans cause all that stuff.   

CallSaul wrote on August 16, 2017 at 11:08 pm

'...slaves to the government...'


While the level of historical, social and cultural ignorance required to make such a statement is astounding in and of itself, no can be surprised that it's a level of ignorance you proudly and enthusiastically exhibit...

wykhb wrote on August 17, 2017 at 12:08 pm

Saul,  the level of your childish bullying and teenage girl faux outrage schtick surpassed astonishing and even funny in an uncomfortable way long ago.  Now it's just sad and disturbing.  You scream and fling feces in a cry for attention, yet contribute absolutely nothing to any conversation.  

If you can negate what I present with some kind of actual fact then do it, otherwise go cry somewhere else. 

CallSaul wrote on August 17, 2017 at 12:08 pm

If anyone is still wondering how we ended up with our current --- for now at least (tick...tock...tick...tock...tick...) --- nazi loving KKK supporting president who calls people marching with torches and shouting racist and anti semitic slogans 'very fine people,' this commenter is a perfect illustration of Trump's most loyal lickspittle base voter...

wykhb wrote on August 17, 2017 at 8:08 pm

And if anyone is wondering what mentally unhinged sore losers who cheer for masked terrorists to violently attack others and destroy private property look like, you are certainly the poster child.

  Doesn't matter if you supported the criminal or the communist in the last election Saul, it was over 9 months ago and you lost.  And here you are, continuing to relive the loss over..  and over..   and over.. 

CallSaul wrote on August 17, 2017 at 9:08 pm

As usual, you prove my point...

BruckJr wrote on August 15, 2017 at 8:08 pm

Best of luck to you Ms. Harold.  Not sure I'd want to go up against Daddy's Girl, though.  Then again, Daddy might run her for governor.

read the DI wrote on August 15, 2017 at 8:08 pm

Too bad the Miss America thing is the most significant "accomplishment" she will ever have. She joins Natalie Portman as the all time most insignificant graduates of Harvard Law.

wykhb wrote on August 16, 2017 at 12:08 am

Obama graduated Harvard law school, his most significant accomplishment before becoming president was his glowing nobel level success story as a community organizer bringing peace and prosperity to south side Chicago.  

What makes this woman less qualified for public office than he was?
Natalie Portman is Jewish and has nothing to do with any of this, are you against blacks and jews or just misogynistic? 

rsp wrote on August 16, 2017 at 12:08 am

Obama was also a senator. Harold hasn't held any elected office. As a senator he had to run his own office. Harold works in an office for someone else. Where is the experience delegating to others? The AG office is a big office with a lot of people working there.

I'm not interested in it being a stepping stone for Harold or anyone else. I seriously doubt anyone would support Madigan for governor, not after putting up with her father for so many years. He may have his district fooled but the rest of the state is just waiting for him to die off.

wykhb wrote on August 16, 2017 at 9:08 pm

Obama had no experience delegating to anyone or running anything prior to becoming a Senator then, so?   Lisa Madigan has been in office since 1998 when she was a state senator, someone keeps voting for her despite her father's poor reputation.   Are you suggesting it's all rigged?   The results speak for themselves.... she is daddy's little ace in the hole to attack  his foes and keep him and his friends from prison. 

Present a candidate who can win and things will change, until then.   More of the same.  Last one out of Illinois turn out the...  wait, they will be off long before then for lack of payment.    LOL

read the DI wrote on August 16, 2017 at 6:08 am

Portman was another celebrity admitted to HLS who had no business being there, and has accomplished nothing since.

Now, back under your bridge, troll!

bookworm wrote on August 16, 2017 at 4:08 pm

She should get some local experience -- Urbana city council, one of the many boards (planning, zoning, police review, etc.), county board.  There's nothing in her background that supports or enhances her run for a statewide office.

dolores wrote on August 18, 2017 at 1:08 pm

Harold has a history of entitlement with little follow through. After suing her high school - University Laboratory High in Urbana - over alleged sexual and racial harassment (it was a very flimsy case but the school settled), she went on to play that card again at Urbana High. When she wanted to join a student group but was told they were fully staffed, she claimed racial bias and the school again kowtowed. This story fails to mention that her original campaign issue for the Miss America pageant was against abortion, but that turned out to be too risque, so she switched to a diffuse and completely ineffectual issue: bullying.

In her case against University High, she described how students passed papers back to her slowly, a sure sign of racial bias and misogyny. She failed to learn a vocabulary word for English - "coquette", which she thought was a pastry - and another student asked her "are you a coquette?" She claimed this was sexual harassment. She was caught making out in the library and suffered teasing from her classmates, which also she claimed constituted sexual harassment. A history of twisting reality to suit her purposes, is it any surprise she's become a lawyer?

IlliniwekMerica wrote on August 18, 2017 at 4:08 pm

Worst of all, she said no when @dolores asked her to prom!

cjw61822@hotmail.com wrote on August 19, 2017 at 7:08 pm

Did you read the Kass column in todays Tribune Sollie?


Thoughts?   Is Kass wrong about the history of the Democratc party?




and yes... lets not forget how Barry got to be an Illinois Senator............. kicked the incumbent off the ticket.............. no primary...................... just got an opinion to have her removed.


Thats the "chicago way"

CallSaul wrote on August 19, 2017 at 9:08 pm

It's not surprising that you'd parrot a tired old RWNJ line that requires such astounding amounts of self imposed idiocy to believe.

Yes, southern Dems started the KKK and fought for the confederacy. Yes, northern Reps opposed slavery and foguht for the Union.

But, as the kids are saying on the intertoobs, then the 20th century happened. You can study up on it online because you're apparently completely ignorant of it...

Why do you think the states of the former slavery defending treasonous losing confederacy have been the Rep's base since the Civil Rights movement...?

What party forced out the likes of Strom Thrumond and Jesse Helmes and what party welcomed these horrible racists with open arms...?

What party is doing all it can to newly disenfranchise African Americans along with other groups...?

We all know it's the new home of the KKK and nazi defenders, today's Republcan party...

Actual facts and reality --- boy, I don't know...

cjw61822@hotmail.com wrote on August 19, 2017 at 10:08 pm

Robert Byrd

Hugo Black


both Klan members.


Lots of bridges and buildings named for Robert in WVA.  I will ask you again Saullie boy.  Should they be renamed?