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Neil Hartigan
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Judge of the Illinois Court of Claims
In office
May 2, 2013 – July 22, 2019
Appointed by Pat Quinn
Preceded by Norma F. Jann
Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court for the First District
In office
December 2, 2002 – June 1, 2004
Preceded by Robert Chapman Buckley
Succeeded by P. Scott Neville Jr.
38th Attorney General of Illinois
In office
January 12, 1983 – January 14, 1991
Governor James R. Thompson
Preceded by Tyrone C. Fahner
Succeeded by Roland Burris
40th Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
In office
January 8, 1973 – January 10, 1977
Governor Daniel Walker
Preceded by Paul Simon
Succeeded by Dave O'Neal
Personal details
Born (1938-05-04) May 4, 1938 (age 85)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Marge Dunne
Education Georgetown University (B.S.)
Loyola University (J.D.)

Neil F. Hartigan (born May 4, 1938) is an American lawyer and politician from Illinois. He served as the Attorney General of Illinois, the 40th Lieutenant Governor, and a justice of the Illinois Appellate Court. Hartigan was also the Democratic nominee for governor in 1990, but lost the close race to Republican Jim Edgar.


Hartigan grew up in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood, in an Irish Catholic family. His father David was Alderman of the 49th Ward. Hartigan graduated from Loyola Academy.

Upon graduation, He went on to attend and graduate from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. with a bachelor's degree. He received a juris doctor degree from Loyola University College of Law in 1966.

Upon completion of law school Hartigan worked for a couple years for the city of Chicago. He served as the city's legislative counsel in Springfield, as attorney for the Chicago Board of Health and as general counsel for the Chicago Park District. Hartigan was elected the Democratic Committeeman for the 49th ward in 1968 and served in the position until stepping down in 1980. Former state legislator Michael Brady defeated Hartigan's choice, Cook County Treasurer Edward J. Rosewell in the Democratic primary.

Court Positions

In 2002, Hartigan won election to the Illinois Appellate Court from the First District, which is composed of Cook County, Illinois to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Robert Chapman Buckley.

After two years, Hartigan chose to retire voluntarily from the bench. Hartigan's retirement date was June 1, 2004. He was succeeded by P. Scott Neville Jr.

Hartigan was a member of Hillary Clinton's Illinois Steering Committee and February 5 Rapid Responders.

On March 22, 2013, Governor Pat Quinn appointed Hartigan to the Illinois Court of Claims for a term starting March 18, 2013 and ending January 21, 2019. Hartigan was confirmed by the Illinois Senate on May 2, 2013. He succeed Norma F. Jann. The Court rules on claims filed against state, except those under Workers' Compensation or Workers' Occupational DiseasesActs, or claims for expenses in civil litigation. Hartigan officially ended his term in July of 2019.

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