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Former Blagojevich Lawyer Joins The Race For Illinois Attorney General

One of the defense attorneys for Rod Blagojevich during the former governor’s corruption trial is running for Illinois attorney general.

After Blagojevich’s trial, Aaron Goldstein was elected Democratic committeeman for Chicago’s 33rd ward on the northwest side.

His campaign fund reported having a little more than $2-thousand dollars at the end of June.

Goldstein did not return a call for comment, but a spokeswoman says he will be circulating petitions to get on the ballot and he plans a formal announcement next week.

The Democratic field for attorney general is wide open after last week’s surprise announcement that incumbent Lisa Madigan would not seek re-election.

State Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, and State Rep. Scott Drury, D-Highwood, also have declared they’re running.

Attorney Erica Harold is the only Republican so far.