James Meeks

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James Meeks
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Illinois State Senate District 15
Former member
In office
2003 - 2013
Per diem$132/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2002
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBishop College
Date of birthAugust 4, 1956
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
Office website
James Meeks is a former Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 15 from 2003 to 2013.

Meeks graduated from Bishop College with his Bachelor's degree in Religious Studies. In addition to being a full-time Senator, Meeks is a Pastor.

Meeks was a 2011 candidate for Mayor of the City of Chicago before dropping out of the race on December 23, 2010[1][2].

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Meeks served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Meeks served on these committees:



On November 4, 2008, Democrat James Meeks won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 15. He ran unopposed receiving 72,950 votes.[4]

Illinois State Senate, District 15 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png James Meeks (D) 72,950

Campaign donors


In 2008, Meeks collected $61,785 in donations.[5]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Comed $7,500
Ariel Capital Management $6,000
Chicago Teachers Union $3,500
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association $3,000
Capri Capital Partners $2,500
Henry McGhee $2,500
Illinois Merchants Association $2,000
Illinois Credit Union League $2,000
Painters District Council 14 $1,500
AT&T Communications $1,500
CIT Recovery Inc. $1,500
Odelson & Sterk LTD $1,500
AT&T $1,500
Collectors Training Institute $1,500
Walgreens $1,200
Direct Sound Advantage $1,000
John Rogers $1,000
State Universities Annuitants Association $1,000


Illinois Opportunity Project

See also: Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card

The Illinois Opportunity Project, "an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds," annually releases its Legislative Vote Card, grading all members in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on the basis of their support of "pro-growth economic policies that increase personal freedom and reign in expansive government."[6][7]


Meeks received a score of 0.00 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of F according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the lowest among all 59 members of the Illinois State Senate included in the Vote Card.[7]

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District 15

Meeks represented Illinois Senate District 15. District 15 included the South Chicago suburbs near the Indiana border[8].


James is married to Janelle Meeks. They have four children and resides in Chicago, Illinois.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Illinois Senate District 15
Succeeded by
Napoleon Harris (D)