Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, R-Lemont, announced June 29 she will be resigning from the Illinois Senate amid the state's budget stalemate.
"Though I leave political office with a sense of sadness and some disappointment, I leave with no regrets," Radogno said in a statement. "I did my best – that's all I could do."
Radogno's resignation will be effective at the close of business July 1, which is the start of the new fiscal year.
In her statement, Radogno thanked her colleagues, including Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, saying she appreciated their friendship and working relationship.
"I am proud of my legislative accomplishments – none of which were achieved alone," she said. "I have always appreciated the support, advice and counsel of my colleagues in both parties, staff and family."
However, Radogno said it was time for new Senate Republican leadership.
"I have done everything I can do to resolve the state's budget crisis. I will continue to do so for the coming days," she said. "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."
The Senate Republican Caucus already has begun taking steps toward a "smooth, orderly and expeditious transition."
Radogno has served in the Illinois Senate since 1997. She currently represents the 41st District, which includes all or some of Lemont, Indian Head Park, La Grange, Western Springs, Homer Glen, Burr Ridge, Darien, Downers Grove, Lisle, Willowbrook, Woodridge, Naperville and Bolingbrook.
In her statement, she said she is looking forward to spending time with her family, including her five grandchildren.