|Member of the Illinois Senate|
from the 23rd district
|Preceded by||Ray Soden|
|Succeeded by||Tom Cullerton|
|Born||August 13, 1947|
Boone Grove, Indiana
Pankau earned a B.S. in accounting from the University of Illinois. She served as a member of the DuPage County Board from 1984 to 1992 and prior to that served on the school board for Keeneyville School District 20. She was active as a precinct committeeman in the Republican organization in Bloomingdale Township. In the 1992 general election, Pankau was elected to represent the 45th district.
Illinois General Assembly
In the 1992 general election, Pankau was elected to represent the 45th district. During her tenure, she served on the Committees on Public Health (minority spokesperson); Appropriations III; Environment and Energy; Labor; Revenue. Pankau was a Republican candidate for DuPage County Chairman in 2010 but lost to Republican Daniel Cronin. Pankau lost Senate re-election in 2012 to Tom Cullerton.
- Bloomingdale Township Volunteer Council, Past President
- DuPage County Health Board member for 4 years
- DuPage Housing Authority member for 4 years
- “In Focus” Cable TV Program, current hostess since 1992
- During the 2008 Republican Party presidential primaries, Pankau worked on behalf of the presidential campaign of former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson serving as a congressional district chair for Illinois's 6th congressional district.
Pankau was born August 13, 1947, in Valparaiso, Indiana. She has been married to Anthony John Pankau, Jr. since 1966. They have four grown children: John, Jason, Shay and Aaron. She has been a resident of DuPage County for more than 30 years. Pankau was a former owner-manager of an auto-body/towing business for 17 years.
- Pollock, James. "New members of Illinois House: The issues they view as most important to constituents and state". Illinois Issues. Sangamon State University. p. 19. ISSN 0738-9663.
- Peters, Gerhard; Woolley, John T., eds. (November 8, 2007). "Press Release: Thompson Campaign Announces Illinois Leadership Team". The American Presidency Project. University of California, Santa Barbara. Retrieved August 20, 2021.
- Illinois General Assembly - Carole Pankau (R) 23rd District official IL Senate website
- State Senator Carole Pankau official campaign website
- Project Vote Smart - Senator Carole A. Pankau (IL) profile
- Follow the Money - Carole Pankau
- Open Secrets - Carole Pankau campaign contributions for her 2006 federal campaign
- Illinois State Senate Republicans - Carole Pankau