That’s the first day of Illinois’ new budget year – and would be the third without a real budget unless she and the other legislative leaders cut a deal. “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”.
Radogno has served in the Illinois Senate since 1997.
In a surprise announcement, Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) resigned her position and the Senate effective Saturday.
The House GOP Leader said the following on July 28 regarding the “political theater” in Springfield regarding the budget, “Only three days remain in this fiscal year, time is running out”.
“We are now in process of choosing a new leader”, said Sen. She says she’d hoped to be able to resign after getting it passed.
She said her biggest concern about leaving office is the transitional logistics, which she hoped would be a speedy and orderly process.
“Chris Radogno has been my Senator and Co-Republican Leader for many years”, Durkin said in a statement. “Her constituents and I will miss her valued leadership”.
Radogno, whose 41st District office is located in Lemont, has served in the state Senate since 1997 and as IL senate minority leader since 1999. Her contributions to her district and the State of IL are immeasurable. “She is a consummate professional and public servant, who has championed fiscal responsibility and human services that help our most vulnerable residents”.
Local Republican Party chairmen will determine who fills the Senate seat vacated by Radogno.
“Whenever this is resolved, whether it is tomorrow night. or whether it’s next week or next month, I wish everybody involved, especially the people of IL, success and that we can get back on track and become once again the great state we have the potential to be”, she said. Her suburban Chicago district covers communities in DuPage, Cook and Will counties.
She said the Republican Caucus has been discussing a plan for a smooth transition of power.