|Minority Leader of the Illinois Senate|
February 2009 – July 1, 2017
|Preceded by||Frank Watson|
|Succeeded by||Bill Brady|
|Member of the Illinois Senate from the 41st district|
January 8, 1997 – July 1 2017
|Preceded by||Robert Raica|
|Succeeded by||John Curran|
December 21, 1952 |
Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
|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 1st, 2017 amid the Illinois budget crisis.
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 prevent the opening of a fire station on her street, 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.
Her committee memberships includes:
- Committee on Rules (Minority Spokesperson)
- Human Services (Minority Spokesperson)
- Appropriations I
- Appropriations II
- Appropriations III
- Public Health
- Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability
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