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Christine Radogno

Christine Radogno
Minority Leader of the Illinois Senate
Assumed office
February 2009
Preceded by Frank Watson
Member of the Illinois Senate from the 41st district
Assumed office
Preceded by Robert Raica
Personal details
Born (1952-12-21) December 21, 1952
Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Nunzio Radogno
Children 3
Residence Lemont
Alma mater Loyola University, Chicago
Religion Roman Catholicism

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 1
  • Illinois Senate 2
  • Personal life 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life, education and career

Radogno was educated in the Chicago area. She graduated from Lyons Township High School. She received both her Bachelor's and Master's degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago.

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 [1], 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.

Illinois Senate

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.

Personal life

Radogno lives with her husband, Nunzio, in Lemont, Illinois. They have three adult daughters, one of whom, Lisa, was struck by a car on May 8, 2014 in Washington, D. C. and died on June 18.[1][2]

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.


  1. ^ "Sen. John Cullerton wins state Senate presidency". Chicago Sun-Times. November 20, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
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External links

  • Biography, bills and committees at the 98th Illinois General Assembly
    • By session: 98th, 97th, 96th, 95th, 94th, 93rd
  • Christine Radogno legislative website
  • Christine Radogno, Senate Republican Leader at Illinois Senate Republicans
  • Profile at Project Vote Smart
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