State Representative, 27th District (2017- )
Following in the footsteps of his former boss, Comm. Stanley Moore, Justin Slaughter rose to become State Rep. of the 27th District at age 36 with the help of Ald. Howard Brookins. He was appointed to fill the vacancy of State Rep. Monique Davis, who resigned just weeks before the start of the 2017 legislative session. Rumors of Davis’ poor health pervaded during the 2016 primaries, prompting Slaughter to file to take her on. He pulled back from challenging the longtime popular incumbent a month later, and was unanimously appointed to take her place.
The 27th District includes parts of the far South Side of Chicago, including Roseland, Washington Heights, Mt. Greenwood (the 9th, 19th, 21st, and 34th Wards), and extends through the Southwest Suburbs, including Blue Island, Alsip, Crestwood, and Palos Heights.
Slaughter held various jobs in state government after working two years as a project assistant at Kirkland & Ellis: District Director for State Sen. Kwame Raoul, Policy Advisor for Gov. Pat Quinn's office, and a Deputy Program Director in the state Department of Juvenile Justice. He moved to county government in 2013, becoming district director for County Comm. Stanley Moore. After two years in Moore's office, he bounced to a couple other county government positions in the Bureau of Administration and the Secretary to the Board’s office. Slaughter says he prioritized juvenile justice reform in his positions with Raoul, in the Quinn administration, and with Moore.
On January 5, 2017, Slaughter was appointed by a group of Democratic committeemen to replace Davis. Ald. Brookins and Ald. Carrie Austin carried the biggest weighted vote–Ald. Matthew O'Shea, Worth Township Committeeman John O'Sullivan, and Bremen Township Committeeman Maggie Crotty were not present, but offered up proxy votes for Slaughter. Brookins reported to The Daily Line there were no other challengers.
Brookins said the vote had been lined up for Slaughter since 2015, when he filed to take on Slaughter in the 2016 primary. There were reports Davis’ health condition was poor. He pulled out a month later, but “got the commitment of the committeemen kind of early on” that if Davis stepped down, Slaughter had the position, Brookins said. “I think he outflanked everybody and he’s been at it for two years.”
Brookins had been a key vote to appoint Moore to the county board when William Beavers went to federal prison in 2013. Moore also challenged, but failed to defeat Davis for her spot on the ballot in 2008.
Brookins was accused of holding a secret meeting by at least one committeeman with a sliver of the vote. Ald. Anthony Beale (9) and State Rep. Robert Rita, were not aware the vote was happening. Beale likened the selection process to a “dictatorship,” and said potential challengers didn’t have the time or consideration to appeal to committeemen. The vote was held only two days after Davis’ retirement was received by the Illinois House Clerk.
Brookins shook off the accusation, saying state party officials had faxed notification to the committeemen, and that Slaughter had already won over committeemen.
Slaughter holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and received an M.P.P.A. from Northwestern University. Slaughter lives in Washington Heights, where he grew up.
- Northwestern University, Public Policy and Administration
- The University of Chicago, Political Science
Important Political Events
- 2006 - Hired as District Director for State Sen. Kwame Raoul
- 2008 - Hired as policy advisor to Gov. Pat Quinn
- 2013 - Hired as District Director for Cook County Comm. Stanley Moore
- 2016 - Appointed 27th District State Rep., replacing Monique Davis