Arthur Turner (politician)

Arthur Turner (Politician)

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Arthur Turner (politician)

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Arthur L. Turner is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 9th District since 1981, and serving as the Deputy Majority Leader. He was a candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Illinois in 2010, but placed second to Scott Lee Cohen. Mr. Cohen relinquished the nomination after controversies involving his personal life became public. On March 27, 2010, the 38-member Democratic State Central Committee, chose Sheila Simon to be the candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Illinois over Turner.


Turner attended St. Mel High School, graduating with honors, and went on to Illinois State University, earned a B.S. in Business Administration, and Lewis University, earning a Master of Science in Social Justice.


After earning his master's degree, Turner worked as an investigator for the Cook County States’ Attorney from 1973 to 1981.

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In 1985, a federal judge ordered William Carothers, his two sons including Isaac Carothers, and a fourth man to pay $152,000 in damages for a campaign of physical violence and intimidation against Turner. William Carothers' former assistant, Ozzie Hitchins, challenged incumbent Illinois State Representative Turner in 1982. Hitchins was supported by the then imprisoned William Carothers. Turner aides were threatened with guns and one Turner aide suffering...
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