My name is Ali Gadelhak and I prosecute white collar crimes for the Illinois Attorney General. I was appointed under the leadership of then-Attorney General Lisa Madigan to serve in her Special Prosecutions Bureau. I prosecute crimes of greed such as tax fraud, corruption, and financial exploitation of the elderly.
I was born and raised in Albany Park on Chicago’s North side. My parents immigrated from Egypt and Morocco, and I’m the middle-child of five kids. We didn’t have much growing up, but we got by with the help of food stamps and public assistance. I’m very proud of being a Chicago Public Schools kid, attending Disney Magnet for elementary and Von Steuben for high school.
I’m on the Local School Council at Edison Gifted Regional Center. I volunteered with Chicago Public Schools at Ogden High School for four years as a Water Polo and Swimming coach, helping set-up the aquatics program. I’m a Mentor with America Needs You (ANY), an organization that fights for economic mobility for ambitious, first generation college students. I was also a volunteer tax preparer for the Center for Economic Progress.
I’m really big on pro bono work and try to use my law license for the people! Prior to my service with the Attorney General, I’ve fought for people to get disability benefits with Prairie State Legal Services, helped people expunge criminal records with the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, and most recently represented a young man detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.
I have lived (and always will live) in Chicago. Favorite artists: Lupe Fiasco and Nas. Favorite philosopher: Gottlob Frege. My top campaign priorities are fully funded public schools, affordable housing, and economic equality. Bottom line: I’m All In for the People!