Michale Callahan grew up in Terre Haute, Indiana. After graduating from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Forensic Studies and spending a year in graduate school, he left to pursue a career in law enforcement in the state of Illinois.
After graduating from the Illinois State Police Academy, he began his twenty-five year law enforcement career as a trooper in Chicago, Illinois. Four years later, he became a special agent in the State Police’s Division of Criminal Investigation. Callahan worked in a variety of assignments, but spent most of his early years as an agent working undercover in the streets of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, portraying everything from a mob hitman to a drug dealer. In 1998, he transferred to District 10 in East Central Illinois, where he finished out his distinguished career. During his twenty year career in investigations, Callahan was promoted to sergeant, master sergeant and eventually lieutenant.
Callahan retired from the Illinois State Police in March 2005. In 2006, he received The Edmund Burke Award from the National Lawyers Association, which was inscribed, “A good man who did something to prevent the triumph of evil.” He lives in Champaign, Illinois, with his wife, teenage son and a pet menagerie that includes his German Shepherd, two cats and two Macaw parrots.