Lieutenant Governor of Illinois

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Illinois Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $2,151,300
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Illinois Constitution, Article V, Section 1
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Evelyn Sanguinetti.jpg
Name:  Evelyn Sanguinetti
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 12, 2015
Compensation:  $135,669
Next election:  November 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Illinois is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the executive branch and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Illinois. The lieutenant governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and faces no term limits.

On April 11, 2013, the Illinois House of Representatives approved a proposal seeking to eliminate the position of lieutenant governor by constitutional amendment. In order for the measure to be passed, it must win approval of both the Illinois Senate and Illinois voters. If the proposal is approved in a statewide public vote, the office will remain intact for one final term following the 2014 election.[1]

Current officeholder

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

The 47th and current lieutenant governor is Evelyn Sanguinetti, a Republican elected on November 4, 2014. Sanguinetti was sworn into office January 12, 2015.[2]


The Illinois Constitution establishes the office of the governor in Article V, the Executive Department.

Illinois Constitution, Article V, Section 1

The Executive Branch shall include a Governor, Lieutenant Governor...


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Per Article V, Section 1 of the state constitution, a lieutenant governor is required to be:

  • at least 25 years old,
  • a United States citizen,
  • a resident of Illinois for three years prior to election.

Illinois Constitution, Article V, Section 3

To be eligible to hold the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller or Treasurer, a person must be a United States citizen, at least 25 years old, and a resident of this State for the three years preceding his election.


Illinois state government organizational chart
See also: Gubernatorial election cycles by state
See also: Election of lieutenant governors

Illinois elects lieutenant governors federal midterm election years. As a result, 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the second Monday in the January following an election (Illinois Constitution, Article V, Section 2).


See also: Illinois Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014
Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBruce Rauner/Evelyn Sanguinetti 50.3% 1,823,627
     Democratic Pat Quinn/Paul Vallas Incumbent 46.3% 1,681,343
     Libertarian Chad Grimm/Alex Cummings 3.4% 121,534
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0% 1,186
Total Votes 3,627,690
Election Results via Illinois State Board of Elections.

Term limits

The lieutenant governor does not face any term limits.


Details of vacancies are address under Article V, Section 7 of the state constitution.

If the lieutenant governor's chair becomes vacant, it shall remain vacant for the remainder of the elected term. The attorney general then becomes second in the line of gubernatorial succession.



The lieutenant governor of Illinois handles a variety of responsibilities. These duties include serving as chairman of the Governor's Rural Affairs Council, Rural Bond Bank of Illinois and the Illinois River Coordinating Council, in addition to heading the Illinois Main Street Program.

The lieutenant governor can take on other duties as assigned by the governor or initiate projects of his own. Former Lt. Gov. Corrine Wood, for example, focused on women's health issues. The lieutenant governor also serves as a surrogate speaker for the governor around the state and as a representative for state government.

Prior to the adoption of the 1970 Illinois Constitution, the lieutenant governor also served as the presiding officer of the Illinois State Senate.


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State budget

See also: Illinois state budget and finances

The budget for the Office of the Illinois Lieutenant Governor in Fiscal Year 2012 was $2,151,300[3]


See also: Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries and Compensation of state executive officers

The salaries of elected executives in Illinois are determined by the Illinois State Legislature as mandated in the state constitution. Article V, Section 21 of the Illinois Constitution also notes that executives cannot receive additional compensation beyond their salaries nor can their salaries be changed during current terms:

Article V, Section 21 of the Illinois Constitution

Text of Section 21:


Officers of the Executive Branch shall be paid salaries established by law and shall receive no other compensation for their services. Changes in the salaries of these officers elected or appointed for stated terms shall not take effect during the stated terms.[4]


In 2014, the lieutenant governor received a salary of $135,669, according to the Council of State Governments.[5]


In 2013, the lieutenant governor was paid an estimated $135,669. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[6]


In 2012, the lieutenant governor was paid an estimated $135,669. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.


In 2010, the lieutenant governor received a salary of $135,700.

Historical officeholders

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Contact info

214 State House
Springfield, IL 62706
Phone: (217) 558-3085
Fax: (217) 558-3094

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