Illinois Attorney General

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Attorney General of Illinois
Seal of the Attorney General of Illinois.jpg
Seal of the Attorney General
Lisa Madigan 2011.jpg
Incumbent
Lisa Madigan

since January 13th, 2003
Term length 4 years
Inaugural holder Daniel Pope Cook
Formation December 3, 1818
Succession Second
Website http://www.ag.state.il.us/

The Illinois Attorney General is the highest legal officer of the state of Illinois in the United States. Originally an appointed office, it is now an office filled by election through universal suffrage. Based in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, the Attorney General is responsible for providing legal counsel for the various state agencies including the Governor of Illinois and Illinois General Assembly, and conducting all legal affairs pertaining to the state.

The office of the Illinois Attorney General was established on December 3, 1818 based on guidelines adopted by a state constitutional convention. The first person to fulfill the duties of the office was Daniel Pope Cook who only served eleven days, and was later elected to the United States Congress. The Illinois county of Cook was named in his honor.

List of Attorneys General[edit]

# Name Term Party
1 Cook, Daniel PopeDaniel Pope Cook 1819
2 Mears, WilliamWilliam Mears 1819-1821
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23 Hamlin, Howland J.Howland J. Hamlin 1901-1905 Republican
24 Stead, William H.William H. Stead 1905-1913 Republican
25 Lucey, Patrick J.Patrick J. Lucey 1913-1917 Democratic
26 Brundage, Edward J.Edward J. Brundage 1918-1925 Republican
27 Carlstrom, Oscar E.Oscar E. Carlstrom 1925-1933 Republican
28 Kerner, Sr., OttoOtto Kerner, Sr. 1932-1938 Democratic
29 Cassidy, John Edward A.John Edward A. Cassidy 1938-1941 Democratic
30 Barrett, George F.George F. Barrett 1941-1949 Republican
31 Elliott, Ivan A.Ivan A. Elliott 1949-1953 Democratic
32 Castle, LathamLatham Castle 1953-1959 Republican
33 Beardsley, GrenvilleGrenville Beardsley 1959-1960 Republican
34 Guild, William L.William L. Guild 1960-1961 Republican
35 Clark, William G.William G. Clark 1961-1969 Democratic
36 Scott, William J.William J. Scott 1969-1980 Republican
37 Fahner, Tyrone C.Tyrone C. Fahner 1980-1983 Republican
38 Hartigan, Neil F.Neil F. Hartigan 1983-1991 Democratic
39 Burris, Roland W.Roland W. Burris 1991-1995 Democratic
40 Ryan, JimJim Ryan 1995-2003 Republican
41 Madigan, LisaLisa Madigan 2003–present Democratic

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