Attorney General Lisa Madigan is the 41st Attorney
General of Illinois. She is also the first woman to serve as Illinois'
Before becoming Attorney General, Lisa Madigan worked
as a teacher, a community activist, a lawyer, and a legislator.
Attorney General Madigan attended Georgetown University
where she studied government. After graduating from college, Attorney
General Madigan moved to South Africa to be a volunteer school
teacher to young Zulu women. Attorney General Madigan believes
deeply that knowledge is power and a good education can help overcome
any obstacle in life's path.
When Attorney General Madigan returned to Chicago,
she went to work at Wright College on Chicago's West Side. As part of that job she worked with law enforcement to develop the Positive Alternatives
Project, an after school and weekend program designed to keep kids
away from drugs and gangs.
Attorney General Madigan's commitment to helping
others inspired her to go to law school. After graduating from
Loyola University Law School, Attorney General Madigan worked for
a private law firm where she specialized in employment law.
In 1998, Attorney General Madigan was elected to
the Illinois Senate for the 17th Legislative District in Chicago.
After serving for four years as an Illinois senator,
Attorney General Madigan was elected to her current position as
Illinois Attorney General.
As the state's chief legal officer, Attorney General Madigan is an
advocate for the people of Illinois and for the state, protecting
the public interest, safeguarding communities, and preserving our