Christine Radogno went from serving on the LaGrange Village Board to the Illinois State Senate in 1997, being elected as a Republican. This was the same year that Barack Obama was also elected to the Illinois Senate. They served together in the Senate until Obama's U.S. Senate campaign in 2004. She remembers well his visit to the IL Senate when he was President of the United States.
Interview Session (Audio) 03
Blagojevich administration & experiences with IL Senator Barack Obama
See Senator Radogno's entire interview on the Illinois Statecraft - Legislators page.