(born July 30, 1966 in Chicago
) has been the 41st Attorney General
of the U.S. state
since 2003, when she became the first female attorney general for Illinois. She is a Democrat
and the daughter of Michael Madigan
, who has been Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives
for most of the last quarter century.
On December 12, 2008, she attracted national attention after filing a motion with the Supreme Court of Illinois
to temporarily remove Governor Rod Blagojevich
from office. The motion was subsequently denied by the court without a hearing.
Madigan attended The Latin School of Chicago
for her secondary education, and received her bachelor's degree from Georgetown University
in 1988. She received her Juris Doctor
(J.D.) from Loyola University Chicago
School of Law.
Prior to becoming an attorney, she was a teacher and community organizer, developing after-school programs to help keep kids involved in education and away from drugs and gangs. Madigan also volunteered as a high school teacher in South Africa
. Madigan later worked as a litigator for the Chicago law firm of Sachnoff & Weaver.
Madigan was an Illinois Senator
from 1998 through 2002, during which time she worked down the hall from Barack Obama
. In 2002 she ran for Attorney... Read More