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Arthur L. Turner, American former state legislator. Democratic party candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Illinois, 2010; board directors Boy Scouts America Chicago Western Trail, Lawndale Christian Development Corporation, Westside Association Community Action.


Turner, Arthur L. was born on December 2, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois, United States.


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.


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

William Carothers' former assistant, Ozzie Hitchins, challenged incumbent Illinois Turner in 1982. Hitchins was supported by the then imprisoned William Carothers. Turner aides were threatened with guns and one Turner aide suffering severe injuries to the side of the head, including broken bones.

Turner and aides filed a civil lawsuit following their defeat by Hitchins. He has also served as the Deputy Majority Leader for eighteen years. As a , Turner has promoted fair housing legislation.

He spearheaded a trust fund to buy and renovate housing to make affordable units available to low-income families. The Fund averages about $18 million per year and helps families statewide. Turner also supported tougher restrictions when deciding whether a repeat domestic violence abuser should be let out on bail.


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. As a member of the Illinois House of Representatives, Turner is a member of two committees, the Committee of the Whole and Rules.


Married Rosalyn Turner. 2 children.