Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
|Illinois Lieutenant Governor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012 FY Budget:||$2,151,300|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Illinois Constitution, Article V, Section 1|
|Assumed office:||January 12, 2015|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014|
|Last election:||November 2, 2010|
|Other Illinois Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Comptroller • Superintendent of Education • Agriculture Director • Insurance Director • Natural Resources Director • Labor Director • Illinois Commerce Commission|
On April 11, 2013, the Illinois House of Representatives approved a proposal seeking to eliminate the position of lieutenant governor by constitutional amendment. In order for the measure to be passed, it must win approval of both the State Senate and Illinois voters. If the proposal is approved in a statewide public vote, the office will remain intact for one final term following the 2014 election.
- See also: Current Lieutenant Governors
The Executive Branch shall include a Governor, Lieutenant Governor...
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
- at least twenty-five years old,
- a United States citizen,
- a resident of Illinois for three years prior to election.
To be eligible to hold the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller or Treasurer, a person must be a United States citizen, at least 25 years old, and a resident of this State for the three years preceding his election.
Illinois elects lieutenant governors federal midterm election years. As a result, 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the second Monday in the January following an election (Illinois Constitution, Article V, Section 2).
|Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, 2014|
|Republican||Bruce Rauner/Evelyn Sanguinetti||50.3%||1,823,627|
|Democratic||Pat Quinn/Paul Vallas Incumbent||46.3%||1,681,343|
|Libertarian||Chad Grimm/Alex Cummings||3.4%||121,534|
|Election Results via Illinois State Board of Elections.|
The lieutenant governor does not face any term limits.
The lieutenant governor of Illinois handles a variety of responsibilities. These duties include serving as Chairman of the Governor's Rural Affairs Council, Chairman of Rural Bond Bank of Illinois, head of the Illinois Main Street Program and Chairman of the Illinois River Coordinating Council.
The lieutenant governor can take on other duties as assigned by the governor or initiate projects of his own. Former Lt. Gov. Corrine Wood, for example, focused on women's health issues. The lieutenant governor also serves as a surrogate speaker for the governor around the state and as a representative for state government.
Prior to the adoption of the 1970 Illinois Constitution, the Lieutenant Governor also served as the presiding officer of the Illinois State Senate.
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- See also: Illinois state budget and finances
The budget for the Office of the Lieutenant Governor in Fiscal Year 2012 was $2,151,300
- See also: Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries and Compensation of state executive officers
The salaries of elected executives in Illinois are determined by the Illinois State Legislature as mandated in the state constitution. Article V, Section 21 of the Illinois Constitution also notes that executives cannot receive additional compensation beyond their salaries nor can their salaries be changed during current terms:
| Text of Section 21:
Officers of the Executive Branch shall be paid salaries established by law and shall receive no other compensation for their services. Changes in the salaries of these officers elected or appointed for stated terms shall not take effect during the stated terms.
In 2010, the lieutenant governor received a salary of $135,700.
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214 State House
Springfield, IL 62706
Phone: (217) 558-3085
Fax: (217) 558-3094
- The Chicago Tribune, "House votes to eliminate lieutenant governor post," April 12, 2013
- Evelyn Sanguinetti, Lt. Governor of Illinois, "Message from Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti," accessed January 12, 2015
- Operating Budget Book “Illinois State Budget Fiscal Year 2013,” 5.29," accessed June20, 2013
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- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed November 14, 2014
- The Council of State Governments, "Book of the States 2013, Table 4.11," accessed January 31, 2014