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Illinois State Senate District 18

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Illinois State Senate District 18
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Current incumbentBill Cunningham Democratic Party
Population209,148
Ethnicity15% Black, 8.2% Hispanic
Voting age77.2% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Illinois' eighteenth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Bill Cunningham.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 209,148 civilians reside within Illinois' eighteenth state senate district.[1] Illinois state senators represent an average of 217,468 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 210,496 residents.

About the chamber

Members of the Illinois State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Under the Illinois Constitution of 1970, Senators are divided into three groups, each group having a two-year term at a different part of the decade between censuses, with the rest of the decade being taken up by two four-year terms.[2] Depending on the election year, roughly ⅓, ⅔, or all of the senate seats may have terms ending. 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.[3]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the 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 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 should be made by appointment with the person appointed being a member of the same political party that last held the seat.[4]

The vacancy must be filled by the respective party organizations covering the legislative district.[5] This must be voted on by the respective committeemen and committeewomen representing the legislative district.[6]

Elections

2014

See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Illinois State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place March 18, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Incumbent Bill Cunningham ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and will face Shaun Colin Murphy (R), who filed to run on June 2, in the general election.[7][8][9]

2012

See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Illinois State Senate 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. Bill Cunningham (D) defeated Barbara Ruth Bellar (R) in the general election. Cunningham was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Bellar defeated Ricardo Fernandez in the Republican primary.[10][11]

Illinois State Senate, District 18, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Cunningham 63.7% 60,325
     Republican Barbara Ruth Bellar 36.3% 34,338
Total Votes 94,663
Illinois State Senate, District 18 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Ruth Bellar 74.1% 9,846
Ricardo Fernandez 25.9% 3,434
Total Votes 13,280

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Illinois State Senate District 18 have raised a total of $2,382,174. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $183,244 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Illinois State Senate District 18
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $334,719 4 $83,680
2010 $121,380 1 $121,380
2008 $152,345 1 $152,345
2006 $152,927 1 $152,927
2004 $104,575 1 $104,575
2002 $155,722 3 $51,907
2000 $1,360,506 2 $680,253
Total $2,382,174 13 $183,244

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