Illinois House of Representatives District 61

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Illinois House of Representatives District 61
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Current incumbentSheri Jesiel Republican Party
Population120,629
Ethnicity10.3% Black, 13.7% Hispanic
Voting age73.2% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Illinois' sixty-first state house district is represented by Republican Representative Sheri Jesiel.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 120,629 civilians reside within Illinois' sixty-first state house district.[1] Illinois state representatives represent an average of 108,734 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 105,248 residents.

About the chamber

Members of the Illinois House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Illinois legislators assume office the second Wednesday in January.

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.

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Illinois House of Representatives are paid $67,836/year. Additionally, legislators receive $111/day per diem.[2]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, the state constitution mandates that the seat must be filled by appointment when allowed by law. The appointment must be made within 30 days after the vacancy. All vacancies must be filled by a member of the same political party that last held the seat.[3]

The vacancy must be filled by the respective party organizations covering the legislative district.[4] This must be voted on by the respective committeemen and committeewomen representing the legislative district.[5]

Elections

2014

See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Illinois House of Representatives 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. Loren Karner was set to face Al Rogers in the Democratic primary, but Rogers withdrew from the race on December 19, 2013, leaving Karner unopposed. Incumbent Sheri Jesiel ran unopposed in the Republican primary and was appointed to fill the seat of JoAnn D. Osmond (R) on July 3. Jesiel then defeated Karner in the general election.[6][7][8][9]

2012

See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Illinois House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on March 20, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 5, 2011. Incumbent JoAnn D. Osmond (R) defeated Ed Erwin (D) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in their primary.[10][11]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 61, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoAnn D. Osmond Incumbent 56.4% 24,734
     Democratic Ed Erwin 43.6% 19,115
Total Votes 43,849

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Illinois House of Representatives District 61 have raised a total of $1,102,054. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $84,773 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Illinois House of Representatives District 61
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $179,261 2 $89,631
2010 $180,588 2 $90,294
2008 $217,021 2 $108,511
2006 $129,045 1 $129,045
2004 $133,953 2 $66,977
2002 $170,863 2 $85,432
2000 $91,323 2 $45,662
Total $1,102,054 13 $84,773

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