Christine Radogno Article

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Christine Radogno
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Minority Leader of the Illinois Senate
In office
February 2009 – July 1, 2017
Preceded by Frank Watson
Succeeded by Bill Brady
Member of the Illinois Senate from the 41st district
In office
January 8, 1997 – July 1, 2017
Preceded by Robert Raica
Succeeded by John Curran
Personal details
Born (1952-12-21) December 21, 1952 (age 65)
Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s)Nunzio Radogno
Residence Lemont
Alma mater Loyola University, Chicago

Christine Radogno (born December 21, 1952) is a former Republican member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 41st Legislative District in Cook, DuPage, and Will Counties from 1997 to 2017. Radogno served as the Minority Leader, the first female leader of a political party in the Illinois Legislature. She resigned from the Illinois State Senate on July 1, 2017 amid the Illinois budget crisis. [1] [2]

Early life, education and career

Radogno was educated in the Chicago area. She graduated from Lyons Township High School. She received both her Bachelor's and Master's degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago.

Before entering politics, she worked as a social worker at Mercy Center for Health Care Services. Her interest in politics began when she decided to prevent the opening of a fire station on her street, [3] and Radogno ran successfully for Village of LaGrange Trustee (1989–1996). In 1996, she ran for the Illinois State Senate and narrowly defeated incumbent Robert Raica in the Republican primary. In 2006, she was the Republican nominee for Illinois State Treasurer and was defeated by Democrat Alexi Giannoulias.

Illinois Senate

Her committee memberships includes:

  • Committee on Rules (Minority Spokesperson)
  • Human Services (Minority Spokesperson)
  • Appropriations I
  • Appropriations II
  • Appropriations III
  • Executive
  • Public Health
  • Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability

Personal life

Radogno lives with her husband, Nunzio, in Lemont, Illinois. They have three adult daughters, one of whom, Lisa, was struck by a car on May 8, 2014 in Washington, D. C. and died on June 18. [4] [5]


  1. ^ Pearson, Rick; Garcia, Monique; Geiger, Kim (June 29, 2017). "Illinois Senate Republican Leader Radogno Steps Down". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  2. ^ Korecki, Natasha (June 29, 2017). "Illinois GOP Leader Resigns Amid Budget Crisis". Politico. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  3. ^ "Leaders - Illinois Issues". Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  4. ^ "Sen. John Cullerton wins state Senate presidency". Chicago Sun-Times. November 20, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-10.[ dead link]
  5. ^ "Cops Hunt for Car that Struck Senate Staffer Who Died". NBC News. Retrieved 2016-03-14.

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