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{{SEO update}}{{Illinois SEO infobox}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Attorney General of [[Illinois]]''' is the highest legal officer of the state of [[Illinois]].  Originally an appointed office, it is now an office filled by election through universal suffrage.  Based in [[Sunshinereview:Chicago, Illinois|Chicago]] and [[Sunshinereview:Springfield, Illinois|Springfield]], he or she is responsible for providing legal counsel for the various state agencies including the [[Governor of Illinois]] and [[Illinois State Legislature|Illinois General Assembly]].  He or she also conducts all legal affairs pertaining to the state.
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|State =Illinois
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|Office=Attorney General
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|Office type = Partisan
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|Image =Seal of Illinois.png
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|Office website = http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/
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|Budget =  78223700
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|Budget year = 2012
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|Term limits = None
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|Length of term =4 years
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|Authority =[[Article_V,_Illinois_Constitution#Section_1|Illinois Constitution, Article V, Section 1]]
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|Selected =Elected
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|Current officeholder =Lisa Madigan
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|Partisan =Democratic
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|Officeholder image =Lisa Madigan.jpg
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|Assumed office = January 13, 2003
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|Compensation = 156,600
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|Next election =[[Illinois state executive official elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Last election= November 2, 2010
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|Other offices =[[Governor of Illinois|Governor]] • [[Lieutenant Governor of Illinois|Lieutenant Governor]] • [[Illinois Secretary of State|Secretary of State]] • [[Attorney General of Illinois|Attorney General]] • [[Illinois Treasurer|Treasurer]] • [[Illinois Auditor|Auditor]] • [[Illinois Comptroller|Comptroller]] • [[Illinois Superintendent of Education|Superintendent of Education]] • [[Illinois Director of Agriculture|Agriculture Director]] • [[Illinois Director of Insurance|Insurance Director]] • [[Illinois Director of Natural Resources|Natural Resources Director]] • [[Illinois Director of Labor|Labor Director]] • [[Illinois Commerce Commission|Illinois Commerce Commission]]}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Attorney General of [[Illinois]]''' is the highest legal officer of the state of [[Illinois]].  Originally an appointed office, it is now an office filled by election through universal suffrage.  Based in [[Sunshinereview:Chicago, Illinois|Chicago]] and [[Sunshinereview:Springfield, Illinois|Springfield]], he or she is responsible for providing legal counsel for the various state agencies including the [[Governor of Illinois]] and [[Illinois State Legislature|Illinois General Assembly]].  He or she also conducts all legal affairs pertaining to the state.
  
 
The position of Illinois attorney general was established on December 3, 1818 based on guidelines adopted by a state constitutional convention.  The first person to fulfill the duties of the office was Daniel Pope Cook who only served eleven days.  He was later elected to the Congress; [[Sunshinereview:Cook County, Illinois|Cook County]] was named in his honor.
 
The position of Illinois attorney general was established on December 3, 1818 based on guidelines adopted by a state constitutional convention.  The first person to fulfill the duties of the office was Daniel Pope Cook who only served eleven days.  He was later elected to the Congress; [[Sunshinereview:Cook County, Illinois|Cook County]] was named in his honor.
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==Elections==
 
==Elections==
 
According to [[Article_V,_Illinois_Constitution#Section_2|Article V, Section 2]] of the [[Illinois Constitution|state constitution]], the attorney general shall hold office for four years beginning on the second Monday of January after their election and until their successors are qualified. They shall be elected at the general election in 1978 and every four years thereafter.
 
According to [[Article_V,_Illinois_Constitution#Section_2|Article V, Section 2]] of the [[Illinois Constitution|state constitution]], the attorney general shall hold office for four years beginning on the second Monday of January after their election and until their successors are qualified. They shall be elected at the general election in 1978 and every four years thereafter.
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==Vacancies==
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[[Article_V,_Illinois_Constitution#Section_7|Article V, Section 7]] of the [[Illinois Constitution]] addresses vacancies in the office of attorney general. If the Attorney General...fails to qualify or if his office becomes vacant, the Governor shall fill the office by appointment. The appointee shall hold office until the elected officer qualifies or until a successor is elected and qualified as may be provided by law and shall not be subject to removal by the Governor.
  
 
==Qualifications==
 
==Qualifications==
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*'''Litigate''' to ensure state laws are followed and respected.
 
*'''Litigate''' to ensure state laws are followed and respected.
  
As per the [[Illinois Constitution]], the "attorney general shall be the legal officer of the State, and shall have the duties and powers that may be prescribed by law."<small>'''([[Article V, Illinois Constitution|Illinois Constitution, Article V § 15]])'''</small>  
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As per the [[Illinois Constitution]], the "attorney general shall be the legal officer of the State, and shall have the duties and powers that may be prescribed by law."<small>'''([[Article V, Illinois Constitution|Illinois Constitution, Article V § 15]])'''</small>
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==Divisions==
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The Illinois Attorney General's Office has 11 division areas of service:<ref>[http://illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/sitemap/index.html ''Illinois Attorney General'' "Index" Accessed July 28, 2012]</ref>
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*[http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/index.html Protecting Consumers]
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*[http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/women/index.html Advocating for Women]
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*[http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/communities/index.html Keeping Communities Safe]
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*[http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/seniors/index.html Advocating for Older Citizens]
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*[http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/children/index.html Safeguarding Children]
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*[http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/rights/index.html Defending Your Rights]
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*[http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/environment/index.html Preserving the Environment]
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*[http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/victims/index.html Helping Crime Victims]
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*[http://foia.ilattorneygeneral.net/default.aspx Enduring Open and Honest Government]
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*[http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/charities/index.html Building Better Charities]
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*[http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/methnet/index.html MethNet]
  
 
==Campaign finance==
 
==Campaign finance==
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The Attorney General of [[Illinois]] is responsible for prosecuting campaign finance complaints on a case by case basis.  Campaign finance reports can be referred to the Attorney General at any time regardless if it involves criminal or civil law from the [[Illinois State Board of Elections]]. <ref name="complaint 2">[http://www.elections.il.gov/Downloads/CampaignDisclosure/PDF/rules.pdf  ''Illinois State Board of Elections'' "Illinois Campaign Financing Act"](Referenced Statute 5/9-23)</ref>
 
The Attorney General of [[Illinois]] is responsible for prosecuting campaign finance complaints on a case by case basis.  Campaign finance reports can be referred to the Attorney General at any time regardless if it involves criminal or civil law from the [[Illinois State Board of Elections]]. <ref name="complaint 2">[http://www.elections.il.gov/Downloads/CampaignDisclosure/PDF/rules.pdf  ''Illinois State Board of Elections'' "Illinois Campaign Financing Act"](Referenced Statute 5/9-23)</ref>
  
==Electoral history==
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==State budget==
===2002===
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The budget for the Office of the Attorney General in Fiscal Year 2012 was $78,223,700<ref>[http://www.state.il.us/budget/FY2013/FY13OperatingBudget.pdf ''Operating Budget Book,'' “Illinois State Budget Fiscal Year 2013,”  5.31, accessed June 20, 2013.]</ref>
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|title=2002 Race for Attorney General - [[Democratic]] Primary <ref>[http://www.elections.state.il.us/ElectionInformation/VoteTotalsList.aspx?officeid=805 Illinois State Board of Elections - 2002 Primary Election Results]</ref>
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{{Election results box|D|winner= {{Approved}} |candidatename=[[Lisa Madigan]]|percentage=58.2%}}
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{{Election results box|D|candidatename=John Schmidt|percentage=41.8%}}
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{{Election results boxbottom|Totalvotes=1,199,440}}
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==Compensation==
|title=2002 Race for Attorney General - General Election <ref>[http://www.elections.state.il.us/ElectionInformation/VoteTotalsList.aspx?officeid=1841 Illinois State Board of Elections - 2002 General Election Results]</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[Compensation of state executive officers]]''
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{{Election results box|D|winner= {{Approved}} |candidatename=[[Lisa Madigan]]|percentage=50.4%}}
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{{Election results box|R|candidatename=Joe Birkett|percentage=47.1%}}
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{{Election results box|L|candidatename=Gary L. Shilts|percentage=2.5%}}
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{{Election results boxbottom|Totalvotes=3,498,901}}
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===2006===
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===2012===
*'''2006 Race for Attorney General - [[Democratic]] Primary''' <ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/ElectionInformation/VoteTotalsList.aspx?ElectionType=GP&ElectionID=18&SearchType=OfficeSearch&OfficeID=3461&QueryType=Office&  Illinois State Board of Elections - 2006 Primary Election Results]</ref>
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In 2012, the attorney general was paid an estimated [[Compensation of state executive officers|$156,541]]. This figure comes from the [[Council of State Governments]].
:*[[Lisa Madigan]] ran unopposed in this contest
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{{Election results box|D|winner= {{Approved}} |candidatename=[[Lisa Madigan]]|percentage=72.4%}}
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{{Election results box|R|candidatename=Stewart Umholtz|percentage=24.3%}}
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{{Election results box|G|candidatename=David Black|percentage=3.3%}}
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{{Election results boxbottom|Totalvotes=3,479,812}}
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===2010===
 
===2010===
:: ''See also: [[Illinois Attorney General election, 2010]]''
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In 2010, the Attorney General of Illinois was paid an estimated $156,600 according to the [[Council of State Governments]].<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/drupal/system/files/Table_4.11.pdf ''The Council of State Governments'',"The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," retrieved September 5, 2012]</ref>
 
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====[[Democratic]] Primary====
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*'''2010 Race for Attorney General - [[Democratic]] Primary'''
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**[[Lisa Madigan]] ran unopposed in this contest
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====[[Republican]] Primary====
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*'''2010 Race for Attorney General - [[Republican]] Primary'''
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**[[Stephen H. Kim]] ran unopposed in this contest
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====General Election====
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{{Election results box|D|winner= {{Approved}}|candidatename=[[Lisa Madigan]]|percentage=64.7%}}
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{{Election results box|R|candidatename=[[Stephen H. Kim]]|percentage=31.6%}}
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{{Election results box|G|candidatename=David Black|percentage=2.2%}}
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{{Election results box|L|candidatename=William Malan|percentage=1.5%}}
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{{Election results boxbottom|Totalvotes=3,704,686}}
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==Former officeholders==
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==Historical officeholders==
 
Since 1819, Illinois has had 41 attorneys general.<ref>[http://illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/about/history.html ''Illinois Attorney General'' "History" Accessed July 28, 2012]</ref>
 
Since 1819, Illinois has had 41 attorneys general.<ref>[http://illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/about/history.html ''Illinois Attorney General'' "History" Accessed July 28, 2012]</ref>
  
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==Contact Info==  
 
==Contact Info==  
 
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==External links==
 
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* [http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/ Website of the Illinois Attorney General]
 
* [http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/ Website of the Illinois Attorney General]
 
* [http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/about/bio.html Biography of Current Illinois Attorney General]
 
* [http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/about/bio.html Biography of Current Illinois Attorney General]
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[[Category:State Attorneys General]]
 
[[Category:State Attorneys General]]
 
[[Category:Campaign finance disciplinary agencies]]
 
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Revision as of 11:03, 20 June 2013

Illinois Attorney General
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $78,223,700
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Illinois Constitution, Article V, Section 1
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Lisa Madigan.jpg
Name:  Lisa Madigan
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  January 13, 2003
Compensation:  $156,600
Elections
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
Other Illinois Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurerAuditorComptrollerSuperintendent of EducationAgriculture DirectorInsurance DirectorNatural Resources DirectorLabor DirectorIllinois Commerce Commission
The Attorney General of Illinois is the highest legal officer of the state of Illinois. Originally an appointed office, it is now an office filled by election through universal suffrage. Based in Chicago and Springfield, he or she is responsible for providing legal counsel for the various state agencies including the Governor of Illinois and Illinois General Assembly. He or she also conducts all legal affairs pertaining to the state.

The position of Illinois attorney general was established on December 3, 1818 based on guidelines adopted by a state constitutional convention. The first person to fulfill the duties of the office was Daniel Pope Cook who only served eleven days. He was later elected to the Congress; Cook County was named in his honor.

Current officeholder

The current attorney general of Illinois is Lisa Madigan.[1] Prior to becoming an attorney, Madigan worked as a teacher and community organizer, developing after-school programs to help prevent young children from becoming involved in drugs and gangs. She also volunteered as a high school teacher in South Africa for a brief time during apartheid. Returning to the United States and receiving her law degree, Madigan served as a litigator for the Chicago-based law firm of Sachnoff & Weaver.

Education:[1]

  • Bachelor's degree, Georgetown University (1988)
  • Juris Doctorate degree, Loyola University-Chicago School of Law

Authority

The attorney general's office is authorized by Article V, Section 1 of the Illinois Constitution.

Article V, Section 1

Officers: The Executive Branch shall include a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller and Treasurer elected by the electors of the State. They shall keep the public records and maintain a residence at the seat of government during their terms of office.

Elections

According to Article V, Section 2 of the state constitution, the attorney general shall hold office for four years beginning on the second Monday of January after their election and until their successors are qualified. They shall be elected at the general election in 1978 and every four years thereafter.

Vacancies

Article V, Section 7 of the Illinois Constitution addresses vacancies in the office of attorney general. If the Attorney General...fails to qualify or if his office becomes vacant, the Governor shall fill the office by appointment. The appointee shall hold office until the elected officer qualifies or until a successor is elected and qualified as may be provided by law and shall not be subject to removal by the Governor.

Qualifications

Here is a list of the standard qualifications necessary under Illinois State Law in order to be considered for the Office of State Attorney General:

Duties

The job of the attorney general is to:[2]

  • Advocate on behalf of all of the people of Illinois;
  • Legislate with members of the General Assembly for new laws; and
  • Litigate to ensure state laws are followed and respected.

As per the Illinois Constitution, the "attorney general shall be the legal officer of the State, and shall have the duties and powers that may be prescribed by law."(Illinois Constitution, Article V § 15)

Divisions

The Illinois Attorney General's Office has 11 division areas of service:[3]

Campaign finance

Main article: Campaign finance requirements for Illinois ballot measures

The Attorney General of Illinois is responsible for prosecuting campaign finance complaints on a case by case basis. Campaign finance reports can be referred to the Attorney General at any time regardless if it involves criminal or civil law from the Illinois State Board of Elections. [4]

State budget

The budget for the Office of the Attorney General in Fiscal Year 2012 was $78,223,700[5]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

2012

In 2012, the attorney general was paid an estimated $156,541. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

2010

In 2010, the Attorney General of Illinois was paid an estimated $156,600 according to the Council of State Governments.[6]

Historical officeholders

Since 1819, Illinois has had 41 attorneys general.[7]

Click "show" for former officeholders.[8]

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term Illinois + Attorney + General

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

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Contact Info

Illinois

Capitol Address:
Office of Attorney General
100 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: (312) 814-3000
Toll Free Phone: (800) 964-3013

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