Illinois Attorney General

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

since January 13, 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. Cook County was named in his honor.

List of Attorneys General[edit]

# Name Political Party Term
1 Daniel Pope Cook Democratic-Republican 1819
2 William Mears 1819–1821
3 Samuel D. Lockwood 1821–1822
4 James Turney 1822–1829
5 George Forquer 1829–1832
6 James Semple Democratic 1832–1834
7 Ninian W. Edwards 1834–1835
8 Jesse B. Thomas, Jr. Democratic 1835–1836
9 Walter B. Scates 1836–1837
10 Usher F. Linder Democratic 1837–1838
11 George W. Olney 1838–1839
12 Wyckliffe Kitchell 1839–1840
13 Josiah Lamborn Democratic 1840–1843
14 James A. McDougall Democratic 1843–1846
15 David B. Campbell 1846–1848
Office abolished 1848–1867
16 Robert G. Ingersoll Republican 1867–1869
17 Washington Bushnell 1869–1873
18 James K. Edsall 1873–1881
19 James McCartney 1881–1885
20 George Hunt 1885–1893
21 Maurice T. Moloney Democratic 1893–1897
22 Edward C. Akin Republican 1897–1901
23 Howland J. Hamlin Republican 1901–1905
24 William H. Stead Republican 1905–1913
25 Patrick J. Lucey Democratic 1913–1917
26 Edward J. Brundage Republican 1917–1925
27 Oscar E. Carlstrom Republican 1925–1933
28 Otto Kerner, Sr. Democratic 1932–1938
29 John Edward Cassidy Democratic 1938–1941
30 George F. Barrett Republican 1941–1949
31 Ivan A. Elliott Democratic 1949–1953
32 Latham Castle Republican 1953–1959
33 Grenville Beardsley Republican 1959–1960
34 William L. Guild Republican 1960–1961
35 William G. Clark Democratic 1961–1969
36 William J. Scott Republican 1969–1980
37 Tyrone C. Fahner Republican 1980–1983
38 Neil F. Hartigan Democratic 1983–1991
39 Roland W. Burris Democratic 1991–1995
40 Jim Ryan Republican 1995–2003
41 Lisa Madigan Democratic 2003–present

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