Illinois House of Representatives District 71

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Illinois House of Representatives District 71
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Current incumbentMike Smiddy Democratic Party
Population104,867
Ethnicity4.6% Black, 6.6% Hispanic
Voting age78% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Illinois' seventy-first state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Mike Smiddy.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 104,867 civilians reside within Illinois' seventy-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. Incumbent Mike Smiddy ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Jim Wozniak was set to face Jeff McKinley in the Republican primary, but McKinley withdrew from the race on January 27, 2014, leaving Wozniak unopposed. Smiddy then defeated Wozniak in the general election.[6][7][8][9]

Illinois House of Representatives District 71, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Smiddy Incumbent 50.5% 17,547
     Republican Jim Wozniak 49.5% 17,233
Total Votes 34,780

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. Mike Smiddy (D) defeated incumbent Richard Morthland (R) in the general election and defeated James F. Arduini in the Democratic primary. Morthland was unopposed in the Republican primary.[10][11]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 71, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Smiddy 52.1% 25,011
     Republican Richard Morthland Incumbent 47.9% 23,037
Total Votes 48,048
Illinois House of Representatives, District 71 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Smiddy 67.9% 3,859
James F. Arduini 32.1% 1,827
Total Votes 5,686

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Illinois House of Representatives District 71 have raised a total of $3,464,344. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $192,464 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Illinois House of Representatives District 71
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $657,797 3 $219,266
2010 $601,570 4 $150,393
2008 $196,328 3 $65,443
2006 $1,449,246 2 $724,623
2004 $419,296 3 $139,765
2002 $88,447 2 $44,224
2000 $51,660 1 $51,660
Total $3,464,344 18 $192,464

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