Carole Pankau

Illinois State Senator |23rd District

About Senator Pankau

Legislative Illinois State Senator, 23rd District, 2005-present
Republican Whip, 2009-2011
Illinois State Representative, 45th District, 2003-2005
Illinois State Representative, 49th District, 1993-2003.

Elected Positions
DuPage County Board member for eight years
Keeneyville School District 20 Board member for eight years
Bloomingdale Township Republican Organization
Precinct 51 Committeeman for 18 years
DuPage County Board of Health for 4 years

Republican Spokesman for the Senate Commerce Committee, and a member of the Senate Energy Committee, the Senate Environment Committee, the Senate Public Health Committee, Senate State Government & Veterans Affairs Committee.
Co-Chair of the Conference of Women Legislators

Bloomingdale Township Volunteer Council, Past President
DuPage County Health Board member for 4 years
DuPage Housing Authority member for 4 years
“In Focus” Cable TV Program, current hostess since 1992

Born Aug. 13, 1947, in Valparaiso, Indiana
Married to Anthony John Pankau, Jr. since 1966
Four grown children: John, Jason, Shay and Aaron
Resident of DuPage County for more than 30 years

Honors Graduate – University of Illinois, 1981
Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting

Former owner-manager of auto-body/towing business for 17 years

Chambers of Commerce: Addison, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Elmhurst,
Glendale Heights, Lombard, Roselle, Villa Park, Wheaton, Winfield,
and Wood Dale
Bloomingdale Republican Women’s Club
Illinois Federation of Republican Women
National Order of Women Legislators
Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, Purdue University
Bank of Itasca, Business Advisory Board
First Suburban National Bank, Business Advisory Board

Awards and Recognition
Champion of Local Government Award: Suburban Mayors Action Coalition
Voice of Employers Award: The Management Association of Illinois-1994
Illinois Federation for Right to Life, Inc. – 1995, 1997,1998
Friend of the Family Award – 1997
NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award- 1998
Friend of Agriculture Activator Award – 1994, 1995, 1996 and 2008
Friend of Consumer Award by the IL Coalition for Competitive Telecommunications- 2003
Keynote Speaker at DeVry University Commencement – February 2003
Special Recognition as a “Friend of Libraries” in DuPage County – 2003
“Friend of DuPage County Farm Bureau” Award – 2004
Champion of Free Enterprise Award: Illinois Chamber of Commerce-2004
Serenity House “Humanitarian of the Year” Award – 2005
Illinois Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Legislative Award – 2006
R.Ed.I. Arts and Education Foundation Honorary Award – 2006
IMSCA Legislator of the Year 2007
The American Cancer Society Leadership Award 2007
Lung Health Champion Award by the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago- 2008
The Child Advocacy Award- Lutheran Child & Family Services of Illinois-2008
Forest Preserve Commission
Member of Finance and Land Acquisition Committee
Illinois Chamber - Champion of Free Enterprise
Friend of Consumer Award - Coalition for Comprehensive Telecommunications
Dupage County Bureau - Outstanding Representative Award Dist 49
Award of Excellence, State Political Leadership - Bicycle and Pedestrian Issues
Village of Schaumburg, Leader of Business Award - Business Community
Illinois Optometric Association Legislator of the Year
Employment Law Council of Illinois- Job Defender - Job Retention and Creation
A.B.A.T.E. Dedicated to Freedom Southern DuPage Chapter of A.B.A.T.E
Arts and Education Foundation - Honorary Award
Lake Park High School Career Internship Program
DeVry University, DuPage Campus - Keynote Speaker
Serenity House - 2005 Humanatarian of the Year
Dupage County Private Industry Council Commitment to Excellence
DuPage County Board - Storm Water Draining Committee
Kenneyville Sch. Dist 20 - Eight Years / Outstanding School Board Member
Life Services Network Award 2008-2009
Illinois Association of Park Districts Outstanding Legislative Leadership Award 2010