Illinois State Senate District 56

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Illinois State Senate District 56
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Current incumbentWilliam Haine Democratic Party
Population222,848
Ethnicity8.3% Black, 2.1% Hispanic
Voting age77.7% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Illinois' fifty-sixth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator William Haine.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 222,848 civilians reside within Illinois' fifty-sixth 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

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. Incumbent William Haine (D) defeated Mike Babcock (R) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in their primary.[7][8]

Illinois State Senate, District 56, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Haine Incumbent 58.8% 55,614
     Republican Mike Babcock 41.2% 38,968
Total Votes 94,582

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Illinois State Senate District 56 have raised a total of $3,455,073. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $383,897 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Illinois State Senate District 56
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $1,909,221 2 $954,611
2010 $283,043 1 $283,043
2008 $314,969 1 $314,969
2006 $346,649 1 $346,649
2004 $409,762 2 $204,881
2002 $142,945 1 $142,945
2000 $48,484 1 $48,484
Total $3,455,073 9 $383,897

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