Awards & Honors

Attorney General Madigan has been recognized by organizations across the country for her exceptional work on behalf of the people of Illinois.  Such honors include:


·         Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, Distinguished Service Award

·         Prairie State Legal Services, Distinguished Hero Award

·         Illinois Environmental Council, Environmental Leadership Award

·         University of Kent, Canterbury (UK), Honorary Degree of Doctor of Civil Law

·         American Constitution Society Chicago Lawyer Chapter, Ruth Goldman Award

·         Illinois State Crime Commission, Guardians of Liberty and Justice Award

·         Illinois Legal Aid Online, Early Adopter Award

·         Women in Power, Inc., Hidden Figure Award

·         Leadership Greater Chicago, Civic Catalyst Award


·         Chinese Mutual Aid Association, Visionary Award

·         Illinois Bar Foundation, Distinguished Award for Excellence

·         National Consumers League, Trumpeter Award

·         Consumer Federation of America, Philip Hart Public Service Award

·         National Museum of Mexican Art, Arthur R. Velasquez Award

·         Women Driving Excellence, Annual Women Driving Excellence Award


·         Eta Xi Sigma Alumnae Chapter, Recognition for Contributions to Women’s Financial Seminar

·         Decalogue Society of Lawyers, Light of Freedom Award

·         Women’s Bar Foundation, Outstanding Achievement Award

·         Illinois Valley Living Magazine, Women of Distinction Award

·         National Association of Women Business Owners, Woman Business Owner Advocacy Champion

·         Illinois Association of College Admission Counseling, Friend to College Counseling Award

·         Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Outstanding Woman Elected Official Award

·         Asian American Coalition of Chicago, Judge Sandra Otaka Memorial Award


·         Chicago Defender Charities, The Bud Billiken Elected Official Award

·         Save Abandoned Babies Foundation

·         U.S. Secret Service, OAG collaboration on Secret Service cases

·         Albany Park Neighborhood Council, Advocate for Equity Award

·         St. Pius V Parish, Institutional Development Award

·         Illinois Poison Control Center, Lifesaver of the Year Award

·         IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law & Center for Economic Progress’, Advocate Award

·         DuPage Homeownership Center, Partnership in Housing Counseling & Leadership in Foreclosure Mitigation

·         IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Public Interest Partner Award


·         Diversity Scholarship Foundation, Unity and Advocate for Diversity Award

·         Woodstock Institute, Inaugural Scheinfeld Award

·         Illinois State Bar Association, Presidential Commendation

·         Rotary Club of Chicago, Chicago Woman of the Year

·         Knox College (IL), Honorary Doctorate of Laws

·         Working Hands Legal Clinic, Bringing Justice to the Community Award

·         Illinois State Bar Association, Feeding Illinois

·         Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Atticus Finch Award

·         Chicago Chapter Coalition of Labor Union Women, International Vice President Olga Madar Award

·         National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Outstanding Service Award

·         Center for Disability & Elder Law, Impact Award


·         Cambodian Association of Illinois, Community Impact Award

·         DNA Saves, Katie’s Hero Award

  • Macon County Democratic Committee, Penny Severns Integrity Award

·         National Association of Attorneys General, President’s Award for lead work on National Mortgage Servicing Settlement

·         Westside Ministers Coalition, Public Service Award


·         NiSource Women in Leadership Summit, Women in Leadership Award

·         Between Friends, Forces of Change Award

·         Illinois News Broadcasters Association, Illinoisan of the Year

·         United African Organization, Nelson Mandela Social Justice Advocate Award

·         Niagara Foundation, Niagara Community Service Award

·         Anti-Defamation League, Bernard Nath Award

·         Illinois Army National Guard, Adjutant General Award for Excellence

·         Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Myra Bradwell Award

·         Chicago Family Health Center, Healing Hands Award

·         Community Health, Public Service Award

·         Neighborhood Housing Services, Community Advocate Award

·         Building & Construction Trades Council, Reuben G. Soderstrom Prevailing Wage Award

·         Better Business Bureau, Torchbearer Award


·         Illinois Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Sid Granet Aging Network Award

·         Family Online Safety Institute, Outstanding Achievement Award

·         Children’s Home + Aid, Blue Bow Award

·         Cook County Democratic Women, Hero Award

·         South Suburban Housing Center, Fair Housing Achievement Award

·         McHenry County Democrats, Thomas Jefferson Award for Leadership

·         Illinois Executive Ethics Commission, Abraham Lincoln Ethics Award

·         Illinois PTA, Advocate of the Year Award

·         Wheatland Township Democrats, Building Our Future Public Service Award


·         Chicago & Women’s Bar Association Joint Task Force, Advocacy Award

·         Cook County Democratic Party, Outstanding Leadership Honoree

·         National Foundation for Credit Counseling, Advocate Award

·         National Multiple Sclerosis Society Greater Illinois Chapter, Preeminent Impact Award

·         South Suburban College of Cook County, Honorary Associate in Science Degree

·         Region 45 of the Illinois Education Association-NEA

·         Thornton Township, Women’s History Month Honoree

·         Illinois Counseling Association, Outstanding Illinois Public Official Award

·         The Chicago Alumni Chapter Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International, Meritorious Legal Achievement Award


·         United States Marshals Service, Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force, Recognition Award

·         Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of Cook County, Light of Hope Award

·         Illinois Eighth Congressional District Democrats & Independents, Leadership Award

·         Citizen Action/Illinois, Lerner-Egan Distinguished Service Award

·         Building with Books

·         Chicago - Kent College of Law, Commencement Speaker Award

·         Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Odds Buster and Dream Makers Award

·         God First Ministries, Award of Excellence

·         DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference, Governmental Leader of the Year

·         League of Women Voters of Illinois, Laura Polk Fisher Award For Excellence in Public Service


·         The City of Aurora Youth & Sports Activities Department Red Ribbon Task Force, Outstanding Recognition Award

·         The Center for Audit Quality

·         Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century, Bow-Tie Award

·         Illinois Center for Violence Prevention, Policymaker PeaceLeader Award

·         Midwest Environmental Association, Commitment to the Mission and Goals of the Midwest Environmental Enforcement Association

·         Illinois Wallflower Caucus, Certificate of Membership

·         Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO), Leon Despres Award for Independent Leadership

·         DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference, Governmental Leader of the Year Award

·         National Association of Women Business Owners, Hall of Fame Award

·         Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Paul Simon Distinguished Public Service Award

·         God First Ministries, 5 Star Award

·         Experiencia, Inc. Law Day, Key to the City

·         American Cancer Society, Partner in Progress Award

·         Children’s Research Triangle, Heroes of Our Hearts Award

·         Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago, Bill of Rights in Action Award

·         The John Marshall Law School, Alumni Association Freedom Award

·         Korean American Women in Need, Community Change Maker Award


·         The Aspen Institute, Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership

·         Kids in Danger, Best Friend Award

·         Roseland Ceasefire Project, Certificate of Appreciation

·         American Association of Retired Persons, Consumer Champion Award

·         2006 Governor’s Conference on Aging, Partnership in Excellence Award

·         Springfield Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, Larry Golden Civil Libertarian Award

·         Between Friends, Outstanding Service to End Violence Against Women and Girls Award

·         The Justinian Society of Lawyers, Helen M. Cirese Outstanding Leadership Award

·         Diversity Scholarship Foundation, Advocate for Diversity Award

·         Laborers’ International Union of North America & Southern & Central Illinois Laborers’ District Council

·         SGA Youth & Family Services

·         Third Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council, Certificate of Appreciation

·         Illinois Drug Enforcement Officers Association

·         Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network, Civic Leadership Award

·         Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Outstanding Woman Award

·         Hispanic American Construction Industry Association, Political Leadership Award

·         Equality Illinois, Freedom Award

·         Association Forum, Legacy Leadership Award

·         Rape Victim Advocates, Visionary Award

·         Filipino American Bar Association & The John Marshall Law School, Advocate for Diversity Award


·         AARP, Partnership for Excellence Award

·         Metropolitan Family Services Legal Aid Bureau, William H. Avery Award for Commitment to Delivery of Legal Services

·         John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award

·         Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Chicagoland, Distinguished Service Award

·         Society of Professional Journalists, Sunshine Award

·         The United Hellenic Voters of America, Person of the Year Award

·         Hamdard Center, Outstanding Community Partner Award

·         Monsignor John Egan Campaign for Payday Loan Reform, Certificate of Appreciation

·         God First Ministries

·         Junior Statesmen of American De La Salle Institute Chapter Certificate of Appreciation

·         Arc of Illinois, President’s Award

·         Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Moxie Award

·         Asian American Bar Association of Chicago & National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Appreciation Award

·         Life Directions Chicago, Guiding Lights Award

·         Illinois Equal Justice Foundation & Equal Justice Illinois Campaign, Champion of Justice Award

·         Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Public Official of the Year


·         American Lung Association of Illinois-Iowa, Century Award

·         Loyola University School of Law Alumni Association, St. Robert Bellarmine Award

·         Freedom House, Richard A. Mautino Excellence in Government Award

·         Cambodian Association of Illinois, Public Service Award

·         Indo American Democratic Organization, Inc., Honorary Membership Award

·         Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, Abraham Lincoln Award

·         The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Public Official of the Year Award

·         National Louis University, College of Arts and Sciences Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters

·         Coordinated Advice & Referral for Legal Services, Golden Gavel Award

·         United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, Person of the Year

·         South East Asia Center Certificate of Appreciation

·         American Lung Association of Metropolitan Chicago, Catch Your Breath Legislative Award

·         National African American Tobacco Prevention Network, HARAMBEE NA AKOBEN Award

·         Community Support Services, Inc., Outstanding Advocate Award

·         Little City Foundation, Spirit of Love Award


·         Illinois Hunger Coalition, Paul Simon Public Service Award

·         US Action, Leadership Award

·         Rogers Park Community Council

·         Illinois Press Association, Legislative Service Award

·         Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County

·         Department of Housing & Urban Development, Office of the Inspector General

·         Chicago Public School Peer Jury Program

·         South Suburban College of Cook County, Honorary Degree of Associate in Arts

·         Northern Illinois Police Memorial Week Committee

·         Democratic Party of DuPage County, Distinguished Illinois Citizen Award

·         Illinois Environmental Council Environmental Leadership Award

·         The Association of Illinois Senior Centers

·         Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership


·         Coalition for Justice

·         Monsignor John Egan Campaign for Payday Loan Reform, Leadership Award

·         South-East Asia Center

·         St. Paul’s House & Health Care Center, Senior Citizen Legislative Advocacy Award

·         Mexican American Democratic Organization of Cook County, Recognition Award

·         Illinois Education Association

·         Chicago Principals and Administrators Association, Distinguished Legislator Award

·         Retired Members of IBEW Local #134 PAC, The Stewardship Award

·         Chicago House, Public Service Award


·         Ceasefire

·         Cook County Commissioner Joseph Mario Moreno, 7th District

·         Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, Public Service Award

·         Chicago Teachers Union

·         Lakeview Action Coalition

·         The Asian Health Coalition of Illinois

·         Harry S. Truman College

·         Albany Park Community Center

·         Make Work Pay Coalition

·         Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools

·         National Association of Women Lawyers, President’s Award for Excellence


·         Grateful House

·         Chicago Association for Retarded Citizens

·         Fraternal Order of Police Chicago Lodge #7

·         Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization, Best Freshman Award

·         John Merlo Sports Program, Inc., Outstanding Leadership Award


·         Vietnamese Association of Illinois

·         Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society

·         Ravenswood Community Council

·         AIDS Foundation of Chicago

·         Lester and Rosalie Anixter Center, Legislator of the Year Award

·         Asian American Small Business Association, Distinguished Service Award

·         Indo-American Democratic Organization, The Rising Star Award

·         Old Town School of Folk Music

·         Greening of Ravenswood

·         Chicago Public Schools


·         26th Ward Democratic Organization