Democrats Seeking Illinois U.S. Senate Seat Spar In First Meeting

Feb 8, 2016

The three candidates for the Democratic nomination to oppose incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk had their first informal debate Monday. It grew contentious over the issue of Laquan McDonald’s death and prosecuting police officers.

DemocratsTammy Duckworth (left), Napoleon Harris and Andrea Zopp are seeking the nomination to replace Mark Kirk in the U.S. Senate.

The Chicago Tribune editorial board asked the  candidates if the federal government should investigate practices at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.

Andrea Zopp and Napoleon Harris are both African-American, and Zopp accused Harris of not leading on the topic of criminal justice in the black community.

"On this particular issue, Laquan McDonald, what did you do?" Zopp asked.

Harris said if Zopp wants to address the problems surrounding police shootings, she’s in the wrong race: She should be running for State’s Attorney.

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth didn’t get involved in that back-and-forth. Instead, she talked about stricter gun laws and criticized for-profit prisons -- none of which are in Illinois.