Illinois State Senate elections, 2014

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Illinois State Senate elections, 2014

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State Legislative Election Results

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Elections for the office of Illinois State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 18, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013.

Following the general election, there was no change to the majority control of the Illinois State Senate. The Republican Party chipped away at the Democratic Party's control of the chamber, increasing Republican seats from 19 to 20. The Democrats' seats decreased from 40 to 39.

Incumbents retiring

One incumbent, Kirk Dillard (R), did not run for re-election in District 24. Chris Nybo (R), winner of the primary, was appointed as his replacement in August 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Illinois State Senate:

Illinois State Senate
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 40 39
     Republican Party 19 20
Total 59 59

Qualifications

Article IV of the Illinois Constitution states: To be eligible to serve as a member of the General Assembly, a person must be a United States citizen, at least 21 years old, and for the two years preceding his election or appointment a resident of the district which he is to represent.

2014 Competitiveness Overview
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Competitiveness

Candidates unopposed by a major party

In 10 of the 19 districts up for election in 2014, there was only one major party candidate running for election. A total of four Democrats and six Republicans were guaranteed election barring unforeseen circumstances.

Two major party candidates faced off in the general election in nine of the 19 districts up for election. Just one of these seats, District 36, held mildly competitive elections in 2012. In that election, the Democratic candidate won by a margin of 10 percent.

Primary challenges

Just one incumbent faced primary competition on March 18. One incumbent did not seek re-election in 2014 and another 17 incumbents advanced past the primary without opposition. The state senator facing primary competition was:

Retiring incumbents

One incumbent senator did not run for re-election, but a replacement was appointed before the general election, so all 19 (100%) ran for re-election.

  • District 24: Kirk Dillard (R) declined to run for re-election in 2014, choosing instead to run for Governor.[1]

List of candidates

District 3

Democratic Party March 18 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Mattie Hunter Approveda - Incumbent Hunter was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Note: Larry D. Craddieth was removed from the candidate list before the primary.

Republican Party March 18 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
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Note: Erin Broderick (R) filed to run on June 2, 2014, but was removed from the ballot shortly after.

District 6

Democratic Party March 18 Democratic primary candidates:
  • John J. Cullerton Approveda - Incumbent Cullerton was first elected to the chamber in 1990.
Republican Party March 18 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
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Republican Party Stefanie Linares

District 9

Democratic Party March 18 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Daniel Biss Approveda - Incumbent Biss was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
Republican Party March 18 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
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District 12

Democratic Party March 18 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Steven Landek Approveda - Incumbent Landek was first appointed to the chamber in 2011.
Republican Party March 18 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
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District 15

Democratic Party March 18 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Napoleon Harris Approveda - Incumbent Harris was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Note: Victor Jonathan withdrew before the primary.

Republican Party March 18 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
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District 18

Democratic Party March 18 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Bill Cunningham Approveda - Incumbent Cunningham was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
Republican Party March 18 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
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Republican Party Shaun Colin Murphy

District 21

Democratic Party March 18 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party March 18 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
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District 24

Note: Incumbent Kirk Dillard (R) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party March 18 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 18 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Suzanne Glowiak
Republican Party Chris NyboGreen check mark transparent.png

Note: Nybo was appointed to the open seat on August 6, 2014.[2]

District 27

Democratic Party March 18 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party March 18 Republican primary candidates:
  • Matt Murphy Approveda - Incumbent Murphy was first elected to the chamber in 2006.
November 4 General election candidates:
Republican Party Matt Murphy Green check mark transparent.png

District 30

Democratic Party March 18 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Terry Link Approveda - Incumbent Link was first elected to the chamber in 1996.
Republican Party March 18 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
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Republican Party Don Wilson

District 33

Democratic Party March 18 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party March 18 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
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District 36

Democratic Party March 18 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Mike Jacobs Approveda - Incumbent Jacobs was first elected to the chamber in 2004.
Republican Party March 18 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Mike Jacobs
Republican Party Neil AndersonGreen check mark transparent.png

District 39

Democratic Party March 18 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 18 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Don Harmon Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Bruce Samuels (G) filed to run but was removed from the ballot following an objection.

District 42

Democratic Party March 18 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Linda Holmes Approveda - Incumbent Holmes was first elected to the chamber in 2006.
Republican Party March 18 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Linda Holmes Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Brian J. Russell (R) filed to run but was removed from the ballot following an objection.

District 45

Democratic Party March 18 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party March 18 Republican primary candidates:
  • Tim Bivins Approveda - Incumbent Bivins was first elected to the chamber in 2008.
November 4 General election candidates:
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District 48

Democratic Party March 18 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Andy Manar Approveda - Incumbent Manar was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
Republican Party March 18 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
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Republican Party Linda Little

District 51

Democratic Party March 18 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party March 18 Republican primary candidates:
  • Chapin Rose Approveda - Incumbent Rose was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
November 4 General election candidates:
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District 54

Democratic Party March 18 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party March 18 Republican primary candidates:
  • Kyle McCarter Approveda - Incumbent McCarter was first appointed to the chamber in 2009.
November 4 General election candidates:
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District 57

Democratic Party March 18 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 18 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party James F. Clayborne, Jr., IIGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Katherine Ruocco

Note: Ruocco filed to run on June 2, 2014.

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