Illinois State Senate
|Illinois State Senate|
|2013 session start:||January 9, 2013|
|Website:||Official Senate Page|
|Senate President:||John Cullerton, (D)|
|Majority Leader:||James Clayborne, (D)|
|Minority leader:||Christine Radogno, (R)|
| Democratic Party (40) |
Republican Party (19)
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Art IV, Illinois Constitution|
|Salary:||$67,836/year + per diem|
|Last Election:||November 6, 2012 (59 seats)|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014|
|Redistricting:||Illinois General Assembly|
Article IV of the Illinois Constitution establishes when the Illinois General Assembly, of which the Senate is a part, is to be in session. Section 5 of Article IV states that the General Assembly will convene its regular session on the second Wednesday of January.
Section 5 also creates rules for the convening of special sessions. The section allows the Governor of Illinois to convene the General Assembly or the Senate alone. When the Governor calls a special session, the General Assembly can generally only deal with matters related to the purpose of the session, as stated by the Governor's proclamation of the session, but they can also deal with impeachments or confirmation of appointments. Section 5 also allows the presiding officers of both houses of the General Assembly to convene a special session through joint proclamation.
- See also: Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions
In 2013, the Legislature will be in session from January 9 through May 31.
Legislators failed to move on the state's $95 billion pension crisis during the previous legislature and must address it once again. Same-sex marriage is also expected to be a major issue.
- See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions
In 2012, the Senate was in session from January 11, meeting throughout the year.
- See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions
In 2011, the Senate was in session from January 12-June 1. A special session has been called by Governor Pat Quinn to settle disputes regarding Illinois construction projects. The session is slated to begin June 22, 2011.
- See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions
In 2010, the Senate was in regular session from January 13th to May 7th.
- See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012
The filing period was from November 28, 2011 through December 5, 2011. Petitions could be circulated starting on September 6, 2011.
All 59 seats were up for election, as the election is the first following redistricting.
The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6 general election.
|2012 Margin of Victory, Illinois State Senate|
|District||Winner||Margin of Victory||Total Votes||Top Opponent|
|Illinois State Senate, District 23, General Election||Tom Cullerton||2.4%||79,749||Carole Pankau|
|Illinois State Senate, District 31, General Election||Melinda Bush||2.7%||82,823||Joe Neal|
|Illinois State Senate, District 49, General Election||Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant||6.5%||85,442||Garrett Peck|
|Illinois State Senate, District 38, General Election||Sue Rezin||7.6%||88,950||Christine Benson|
|Illinois State Senate, District 46, General Election||David Koehler||8.4%||83,158||Pat Sullivan|
|Illinois State Senate, District 29, General Election||Julie Morrison||8.8%||85,760||Arie Friedman|
|Illinois State Senate, District 36, General Election||Mike Jacobs||9.6%||93,188||Bill Albracht|
|Illinois State Senate, District 48, General Election||Andy Manar||10.6%||85,590||Mike McElroy|
|Illinois State Senate, District 47, General Election||John Sullivan||12.7%||91,017||Randy Frese|
|Illinois State Senate, District 28, General Election||Daniel Kotowski||14.6%||79,691||Jim O'Donnell|
- See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2010
Elections for the office of Illinois State Senator were held in Illinois on November 2, 2010. Seats in every third district (1, 4, 7...) and also district 51 are up for election in 2010, for a total of 21 of 59 districts.
The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was November 2, 2009, and the primary election day was February 2, 2010.
In 2010, the total amount of contributions raised in state senate campaigns was $19,051,437. The top 10 donors were: 
|2010 Donors, Illinois State Senate|
|Illinois Senate Democratic Fund||$3,849,507|
|Republican State Senate Campaign Cmte of Illinois||$1,493,465|
|Illinois Democratic Party||$1,454,869|
|Illinois Republican Party||$1,016,221|
|Illinois Health Care Association||$459,144|
|Illinois Education Association||$395,908|
|Illinois State Medical Society||$315,142|
|Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois||$282,582|
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.
| How Vacancies are filled in State Legislatures |
Whenever there is a vacancy in the Illinois State Senate, the Illinois 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. If a vacancy by a member of the Illinois Senate has more than twenty-eight months remaining in the term, the appointment is interim until the next general election and in this case, a special election must be held to fill the balance of the unserved term. All other Senate vacancies and vacancies in the House of Representatives should be made by appointment with the person appointed being a member of the same political party that last held the seat.
The vacancy must be filled by the respective party organizations covering the legislative district. This must be voted on by the respective committeemen and committeewomen representing the legislative district
- See also: Redistricting in Illinois
The Illinois General Assembly is responsible for redistricting. If the General Assembly fails to meet the deadlines to have a redistricting plan in place, an 8-member back-up commission is used. Illinois is one of a few states to enact a hybrid method of redistricting.
Illinois received its 2010 local census data on February 14, 2011. The state population increased from about 12.4 million to 12.8 million residents, a 3.3 percent growth. The state's Latino population grew by 33% from 2000 to 2010, reaching 2 million. Meanwhile, non-Latino population declined by 0.8%.
2011 was the first time under the current state Constitution that one party -- namely the Democrats -- controlled the state House, Senate and governorship during redistricting. A number of Republicans expressed concern that Democrats would draw partisan maps to serve their own interests.
Democrats released proposed maps of the 59 Senate districts on May 19. Republicans said the maps would likely guarantee a Republican minority for the next decade. The new lines merged a number of current Republican districts, potentially leading to runoffs between incumbents in several districts. Republicans released their counter-proposal on May 26, saying their map was fairer than the Democrats. The Senate passed the Democrats plan by a vote of 35-22. Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill on June 3,  but GOP leaders filed a federal lawsuit on July 21 alleging the legislative maps unfairly targeted Republicans and discriminated against African-Americans and Hispanics. It was ultimately dismissed.
- 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.
When sworn in
Illinois legislators assume office the second Wednesday in January.
- See also: Partisan composition of state senates
|Party||As of May 2013|
Standing Senate Committees
- Agriculture and Conservation
- Appropriations II
- Committee of the Whole
- Criminal Law
- Executive Appointments
- Financial Institutions
- Higher Education
- Human Services
- Labor and Commerce
- Licensed Activities and Pensions
- Local Government
- Public Health
- Public Pensions & State Investments
- State Government & Veterans Affairs
- Official website of the Illinois General Assembly and Senate
- Official website of Illinois Senate Republicans
- Official website of Illinois Senate Democrats
- ↑ Article IV of the Illinois Constitution (Section 2a describes term length for senators)
- ↑ Population in 2010 of the American states
- ↑ Population in 2000 of the American states
- ↑ Chicago Sun-Times, "Lame-duck session ends with no pension reform," January 8, 2013
- ↑ ABC.com, General Assembly to hold special session next week, June 15, 2011
- ↑ Confirmed via email with Illinois Board of Elections, February 28, 2011
- ↑ Follow the Money: "Illinois Senate 2010 Campaign Contributions
- ↑ Illinois General Assembly "Illinois Constitution"(Referenced Section Article IV, Section 2(d))
- ↑ Illinois General Assembly "Illinois Election Code"(Referenced Statute 10 ILCS 5/25 6 (a), (c))
- ↑ Illinois General Assembly "Illinois Election Code"(Referenced Statute 10 ILCS 5/25 6 (d))
- ↑ The Daily Journal "Census: Cook County losses slow Illinois population growth ," February 15, 2011
- ↑ PR-USA.net, "Latinos Fuel Illinois Population Growth," February 17, 2011
- ↑ Illinois Statehouse News, "Minorities could have more influence in new political map," March 7, 2011
- ↑ IL Senate Redistricting Committee, "Senate Redistricting Proposal," May 19, 2011
- ↑ Quad-City Times, "Republicans unveil their own redistricting plan," May 26, 2011
- ↑ Chicago Tribune, "Senate Dems send new legislative map to governor," May 27, 2011
- ↑ The News-Gazette, "Map awaits Quinn's signature, may face Republican court challenge," May 29, 2011
- ↑ My FOX Chicago, "Gov. Pat Quinn Signs Off on New Illinois Legislative Maps," June 3, 2011
- ↑ Chicago Tribune, "Assembly GOP leaders sue over Democrats' redistricting map," July 21, 2011
- ↑ NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
- ↑ Illinois General Assembly, "Senate Committees 97th General Assembly," accessed March 21, 2011
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