|Minority Leader of the Illinois Senate|
|Preceded by||Frank Watson|
|Member of the Illinois Senate from the 41st district|
|Preceded by||Robert Raica|
December 21, 1952 |
Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
|Alma mater||Loyola University, Chicago|
Christine Radogno is a Republican member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 41st Legislative District in Cook, DuPage, and Will counties since 1997. She currently serves as the Minority Leader, the first woman leader of a political party in the Senate.
Early life, education and career
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 fight the moving of a fire station , 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.
Committee on Rules (Minority Spokesperson); Human Services (Minority Spokesperson); Appropriations I; Appropriations II; Appropriations III; Executive; Public Health; Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability.
Radogno is considered a leading budget expert and negotiator for the Senate Republican Caucus.
She has received numerous awards throughout her legislative career, particularly awards honoring her commitment to health care and human services, economic development and Illinois agriculture.
- "Sen. John Cullerton wins state Senate presidency". Chicago Sun-Times. November 20, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-10.[dead link]
- Biography, bills and committees at the 98th Illinois General Assembly
- Christine Radogno legislative website
- Christine Radogno, Senate Republican Leader at Illinois Senate Republicans
- Profile at Project Vote Smart