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As the 25th most extensive and the fifth most populous of the 50 states, the state of Illinois has been home to three U.S. Presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant and, most recently, Barack Obama. Nicknamed "the Land of Lincoln,” Illinois has a broad economic base and serves as a major transportation hub. While the most populous city in Illinois is Chicago, its capital is Springfield.

The organization of the central government of Illinois is largely the same as every other state (having three branches of government: executive, legislative, and judicial), but below this top level, the substructure of the government of Illinois is extremely complex - arguably the most complex of all 50 states. Illinois has more units of local government than any other state - over 8,000 in all. Illinois has two members of the U.S. Senate, a total of seventeen members of the U.S. House of Representatives, 118 members of the Illinois House of Representatives and 59 members of the Illinois State Senate.

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National politics in Illinois


CongressLogo.png United States congressional delegation from Illinois



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Name:Party:Position:Assumed Office:Term Ends:Next Election:Official Website:Predecessor:
Dick Durbin
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Democratic PartyU.S. Senate, Illinois 1997January 3, 2015 November 4, 2014LinkPaul M. Simon (D)
Mark Kirk
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Republican PartyU.S. Senate, Illinois 2011January 3, 2017November 2016LinkRoland W. Burris (D)


Flag of the United States.png Current members of the U.S. House of Representatives

Name:Party:Position:Assumed Office:Term Ends:Next Election:Official Website:Predecessor:
Aaron Schock
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Republican PartyDistrict 18 2009January 3, 2015November 4, 2014LinkRay LaHood (R)
Adam Kinzinger
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Republican PartyDistrict 16 2011January 3, 2015November 4, 2014LinkDebbie Halvorson (D)
Bill Foster
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Democratic PartyDistrict 11 2013January 3, 2015November 4, 2014LinkAdam Kinzinger (R)
Bobby L. Rush
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Democratic PartyDistrict 1 1993January 3, 2015November 4, 2014LinkCharles Hayes (D)
Brad Schneider
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Democratic PartyDistrict 10 2013January 3, 2015November 4, 2014LinkRobert J. Dold (R)
Cheri Bustos
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Democratic PartyDistrict 17 2013January 3, 2015November 4, 2014LinkBobby Schilling (R)
Daniel Lipinski
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Democratic PartyDistrict 3 2005January 3, 2015November 4, 2014LinkWilliam O. Lipinski (D)
Danny K. Davis
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Democratic PartyDistrict 7 1997January 3, 2015November 4, 2014LinkCardiss Collins (D)
Jan Schakowsky
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Democratic PartyDistrict 9 1999January 3, 2015November 4, 2014LinkSidney Yates (D)
John Shimkus
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Republican PartyDistrict 15 1997January 3, 2015November 4, 2014LinkDavid D. Phelps (D)
Luis V. Gutierrez
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Democratic PartyDistrict 4 1993January 3, 2015November 4, 2014LinkGeorge E. Sangmeister (D)
Mike Quigley
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Democratic PartyDistrict 5 2009January 3, 2015November 4, 2014LinkRahm Emanuel (D)
Peter J. Roskam
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Republican PartyDistrict 6 2007January 3, 2015November 4, 2014LinkHenry J. Hyde (R)
Randy Hultgren
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Republican PartyDistrict 14 2011January 3, 2015November 4, 2014LinkBill Foster (D)
Robin Kelly
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Democratic PartyDistrict 2 2013January 3, 2015November 4, 2014LinkJesse L. Jackson, Jr. (D)
Rodney Davis
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Republican PartyDistrict 13 2013January 3, 2015November 4, 2014LinkTimothy V. Johnson (R)
Tammy Duckworth
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Democratic PartyDistrict 8 2013January 3, 2015November 4, 2014LinkJoe Walsh (R)
William Enyart
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Democratic PartyDistrict 12 2013January 3, 2015November 4, 2014LinkJerry Costello (D)


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The structure of the Illinois judicial system is laid out in Article VI of the state constitution. The state court system is made up of the Illinois Supreme Court, the Illinois Appellate Court and the Illinois Circuit Court.


The federal court system is made up of the Central District Court of Illinois, the Northern District Court of Illinois and the Southern District Court of Illinois. Appeals from these courts go to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

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Illinois
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The Prairie State
Capital:   Springfield
Motto:   State sovereignty, national union
Population:   12.86 million
Area of state:   57,914 sq. mi.
Admitted to U.S.:   1818
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