Illinois Attorney General opens new academic year

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan gave the opening convocation on September 6, 2007.

Excerpt from WMBD TV-31:

The state’s top law enforcement officer kicked off the school year at Knox College today. Lisa Madigan not only delivered a convocation address, she updated the public on some major, ongoing issues.

Addressing the students, Madigan encouraged them to pay tribute to their school’s past.

Excerpt from the Peoria Journal Star:

Madigan was at Knox to formally announce the beginning of the 2007-08 academic year. Madigan spoke to Knox students, faculty members and staff members about Knox’s tradition of “social justice” and how her own commitment to public service has shaped her life and career.

“What is remarkable about Knox to me is that its dedication to pursuing social justice isn’t relegated to its history,” Madigan said. “It continues to embody a long tradition of improving not just its students but our society and our world.”

Madigan was elected last November to her second term as attorney general. Her priorities in office have included adding protection to safeguard children from Internet predators, supporting legislation to toughen restrictions on sex offenders and stop the spread of methamphetamine.

Madigan became a lawyer, she said, after teaching experiences in South Africa and Chicago’s west side.

Those experiences made her want to “work to prevent injustice and improve peoples’ lives,” she said.