Radogno resigns from Illinois senate, as leader of state Republican party

Christine Radogno

State Sen. Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) resigned her position as Senate Republican Leader and Senator from the 41st District effective the end of day on July 1–the start of the new fiscal year.

“It has truly been an honor to represent the 41st Senate District,” said Radogno. “I have done the job to the very best of my ability and always with the needs of the state and my constituents in mind. I am proud of my legislative accomplishments – none of which were achieved alone. I have always appreciated the support, advice and counsel of my colleagues in both parties, staff and family.”

In making her decision, Radogno notes that it is time for a new Senate Republican Leader.

“I have done everything I can do to resolve the state’s budget crisis. I will continue to do so for the coming days,” said Radogno. “But if the solution will not come on my watch, I hope and pray that the Governor, other legislative leaders, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate and House can find a path to solve the state’s problems.”

“Over the years, it has been a privilege and an honor to work alongside Leader Christine Radogno,” said new Illinois Senate Republican Leader State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington). “Chris has a track record of being an incredibly hard working, principled and bipartisan leader who truly believes in working across the aisle to do what is best for the people of this state. I want to thank her for her years of service to the state of Illinois, and wish her and her family nothing but the best as she moves on into this next phase.”

Radogno became the first female Caucus Leader in Illinois General Assembly history. She was first elected by her peers as Senate Republican Leader in 2009.

“It has been a privilege to serve. But now I am looking forward to returning to private life and spending time with my family, especially my five grandchildren,” said Radogno.

Radogno has served in the Senate since 1997, representing the 41st Senate District with communities in Cook, DuPage and Will counties.

State Sen. Bill Brady R-Bloomington was elected June 30 by a unanimous vote of his Republican colleagues to serve as new Illinois Senate Republican Leader for the remainder of the 100th General Assembly.

“It is an honor to be chosen to lead the Senate Republican Caucus,” Sen. Brady said. “I thank them for their faith in me. I also appreciate my constituents in the 44th District for giving me the privilege to represent them in the State Capitol and the opportunity to serve as Leader,” Brady said.

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