Madigan Vs. The Marine

Oct 28, 2014

Attorney General Lisa Madigan is escorted by American Legion members at a 2014 convention in Springfield; she's seeking a fourth term.
Credit Amanda Vinicky

Lisa Madigan was the first woman elected to be Illinois' Attorney General, in 2003. After flirting with a run for governor, Madigan, the daughter of House Speaker Michael Madigan -- is instead seeking a fourth term as the state's top lawyer. Amanda Vinicky starts off this extended interview asking Madigan what she has accomplished that makes her deserving of another four years.

Paul Schimpf, whose most widely-heralded career highlight was being part of the prosecution team against Saddam Hussein, is looking to move from the Marines to the Attorney General's office.
Credit Amanda Vinicky

  Polls put Madigan solidly ahead of her Republican challenger, retired Marine Paul Schimpf. Most candidates running in statewide races won their spot on the ballot with party suppor, but not Schimp. Vinicky began this full-length conversation with him by asking Schimpf to introduce himself to voters.

Schimpf says he's running to win, but if he does lose, the 43-year-old Waterloo resident expects to start a small, legal practice.