|Illinois State Senate District 59|
|2003 - Present|
|January 11, 2017|
|Years in position||10|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 8, 2016|
|Birthday||January 4, 1945|
|Place of birth||Anna, Illinois|
Forby graduated with his high school diploma. He works as a excavating contractor and farmer in addition to being a Senator.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Forby served on the following committees:
|Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Committee of the Whole|
|• Labor and Commerce, Chair|
|• Licensed Activities and Pensions|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Forby served on these committees:
|Illinois Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Committee of the Whole|
|• Labor, Chair|
|• Licensed Activities|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Forby served on these committees:
|Illinois Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Consumer Protection|
|• Labor, Chairman|
|• Telecommunications & Technology|
Forby's campaign website lists the following issues:
- Putting Southern Illinois Back to Work
- Excerpt: "Gary Forby has worked to balance the budget and improve the region’s economy by revitalizing the Southern Illinois coal industry. ...He continues that same pledge this year by fighting to keep open Tamms Correctional Center, which is facing the chance of closure under the Governor’s budget proposal."
- Bringing Money Back to Southern Illinois
- Excerpt: "Gary Forby has worked closely with local mayors to bring taxpayer money back to communities in our District. He helped secure millions of dollars in state grants to replace water lines in Herrin, Benton, Carmi, Pope County, Shawneetown and Zeigler."
- Protecting Southern Illinois Values
- Excerpt: "Gary Forby continues to lead the effort to bring concealed carry to Illinois, which would allow properly trained, law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons and defend themselves, and he fought to keep the names of FOID card holders private to ensure their safety."
From State House News:
In May 2011, Gov. Pat Quinn announced that he would veto the concealed carry bill on which the Illinois Legislature had voted, if it landed on his desk. The bill would allow Illinois residents to carry concealed firearms in public.
That threat held little water because the bill had a lot of support and might win through a supermajority (71 votes in the House and 36 votes in the Senate) of votes from both chambers.
Rep. Brandon W. Phelps said he was trying to find enough support in the House to move the plan over to the Senate. Phelps said he wanted to call House Bill 148 for a vote on May 5, regardless of Quinn's opposition.
"I just think that (Quinn) is wrong," Phelps said. "And you agree to disagree. Sometimes people within your own party disagree with what they say. And I totally disagree with him today."
Under HB 148, Illinois residents 21 and older could apply for permits to carry concealed firearms in public, except for places like schools, churches and inside state government buildings. Applicants would need to pass a written exam, firearms training exercises and background checks.
"About two-thirds of the citizens of our state are steadfastly and strongly opposed to allow private citizens to carry loaded, concealed handguns in public places," Quinn said.
Sen. Gary Forby said the opponents of concealed carry mostly live in and around Chicago and that people downstate, and in other states, support the idea.
"I think all we are doing now, we are really helping the state of Illinois with what they got to do to get a license and stuff," Forby said. "So all you are going to do is put guns in peoples' good hands."
Quinn said the plan may lead to more violence.
"I don't think that's healthy, if you are going to the grocery store," Quinn said. "You bump into somebody accidentally, and they take offense, they can pull out a loaded, concealed handgun to assuage their anger."
Sen. Larry Bomke said the plan would deter violence, because potential burglars would less likely rob homeowners with guns.
"I can only hope that he changes his mind once the bill gets to his desk," Bomke said. "And I feel fairly confident it will. But it will be important that we have enough votes, a supermajority, to override his decision if he chooses to veto the bill."
Rep. Jason Barickman said lawmakers have been working carefully to craft the plan.
“At the end of the day, we certainly would appreciate the governor's support,” Barickman said. “But with him making it clear that he opposes this right, this constitutional right, this right that a mass number of people support. I think that we just have to continue lining up our legislative votes and push forward."
Rep. Norine Hammond hopes that's enough support.
“A lot of people have worked on this very hard — lots of law enforcement input,” she said. “I think it is a very strong bill. And hopefully we could get it passed," she said.
In the end though, Rep. Richard Morthland said it won’t matter what the governor chooses to do with the legislation if there are enough votes.
"There is a last minute roll call being taken just trying to figure out where people are, and how we are doing, and do we have exactly the number of votes we need, how close are we,“ Morthland said. “I think it looks good. Hopefully we will be able to move it this week."
- See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012
Forby won election in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 59. Forby defeated Fred Kondritz in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012 and defeated Mark Minor (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Illinois State Senate, District 59, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Gary Forby Incumbent||59.1%||55,502|
|Illinois State Senate, District 59 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Gary Forby Incumbent||77.7%||12,700|
|Illinois State Senate, District 59 (2008)|
|Gary Forby (D)||49,552|
|Ken Burzynski (R)||46,727|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2008, Forby collected $1,395,610 in donations.
Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.
|Illinois Senate Democratic Fund||$450,940|
|Friends of Clayborne||$200,000|
|Illinois Federation of Teachers||$65,587|
|Illinois Health Care Association||$55,013|
|Southern & Central Illinois Laborers District Council||$43,000|
|Illinois Education Association||$42,900|
|Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois||$29,500|
|Illinois State Medical Society||$25,000|
|Friends of Don Harmon||$20,000|
|Silverstein for Senator||$18,000|
|Deep Blue Illinois||$15,000|
|Service Employees Local 880||$11,000|
|International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers||$9,450|
|Illinois Realtors Association||$8,900|
|AFSCME Illinois Council 31||$6,300|
|Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois||$6,000|
Illinois Opportunity Project
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."
Forby received a score of 62.50 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of C- according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the 24th highest among all 59 members of the Illinois State Senate included in the Vote Card.
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- Illinois Senate could take concealed-carry vote Friday - Journal Gazette and Times-Courier
- Should Cullerton step aside and allow a vote? - The Capitol Fax Blog (blog)
- Teen tanning bed ban heading to gov's desk - Journal Gazette and Times-Courier
- Treat all 17-year-old offenders as juveniles, Illinois Senate votes - The Southern
- State Senate approves marijuana pilot program - The Southern
- State Senate approves disclosure form measure - The Southern
- Lawmakers, IDOT At Odds Over Raising Speed Limit - WSIL TV
- Backers: STAR project hardly dead - The Southern
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Forby represents Illinois Senate District 59. District 59 includes South Central Illinois.
Forbes and his wife Angie have four children and reside in Benton, Illinois.
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions at Follow The Money
- Profile at Facebook
- Profile at Wikipedia
- ↑ "Illinois General Assembly" List of Illinois Senate Committees, July 28, 2009
- ↑ Gary Forby, "Issues," accessed October 23, 2012
- ↑ "Gov’s threatened veto of concealed carry may not matter," Illinois Statehouse News, May 3, 2011
- ↑ Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List," December 5, 2011
- ↑ Illinois State Board of Elections, "Official 2012 Primary Results"
- ↑ Illinois State Board of Elections "2012 Primary results"
- ↑ Illinois State Board of Elections, “Official Vote - November 6, 2012 General Election,” accessed December 31, 2012
- ↑ Illinois Senate election results for 2008
- ↑ Forby Campaign Donors
- ↑ Illinois Opportunity Project, "The Project," accessed February 21, 2013
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Illinois Opportunity Project, Legislative Vote Card home page, accessed February 21, 2013
- ↑ "Illinois Chamber of * Commerce Committee, Illinois State Senate, Northeast Illinois Legislative District Maps, July 29, 2009
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