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Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Illinois State Legislature

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October 31, 2012

By Ballotpedia's State legislative team

Illinois's State Legislative Elections in 2012
Senate seats Contested senate seats House seats Contested house seats
59 30 (53.6%) 118 47 (39.8%)

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois: There are 177 total legislative seats with 2012 elections in Illinois, where polling places are open from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM Central Time.[1]

The State Senate is currently held by Democrats, who have a 35 to 24 edge over Republicans in the 59-seat chamber. Democrats also have control, though by a smaller percentage of the total, over the State House, where their margin is 64 to 54.

Of the 177 incumbents up for election in 2012, 146 (82.5%) of them are running for re-election. A total of 77 of 177 (43.5%) districts will see more than one major party candidate in the general election.

Here are a few races to watch:



  • In District 10: Democrat Derrick Smith was removed from office in an historic move by the Illinois legislature after he was arrested on federal bribery charges, but he remains on the ballot and could reclaim his seat if re-elected. Democrats could not get him off the ballot, so local Democrats have rallied behind "10th District Unity" candidate Lance Tyson.[3][2]
  • In District 52: David McSweeney, who defeated Republican incumbent Kent Gaffney for the Republican nomination, holds the seat formerly held by now-deceased Republican Mark Beaubien. But Beaubien’s widow, Dee Beaubien, is running against him as an independent and has significant backing from key Democratic committees in the state.[2]
  • In District 59: As a result of redistricting, two incumbents from different parties are both contesting this single seat. Carol Sente is the incumbent Democrat, and Sidney Mathias is a Republican from District 53. This contest is the only one in Illinois that pits two incumbent legislators against one another.[2]
  • In District 62: This suburban swing district is closely contested by incumbent Sandy Cole (R) and challenger Sam Yingling (D).[4]
  • In District 79: Incumbent Lisa M. Dugan (D) is not running for re-election, and Republican nominee Glenn Nixon has made a strong bid for this seat in a Democratic-leaning area. Katherine Cloonen is trying to hold the seat for the Democrats.[2]

Illinois State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 35 40
     Republican Party 24 19
Total 59 59

Illinois House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 64 71
     Republican Party 54 47
Total 118 118


See also