Illinois State Senate District 8

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Illinois State Senate District 8
Current incumbentIra Silverstein Democratic Party
Ethnicity5.8% Black, 13.7% Hispanic[1]
Voting age77.1% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Illinois' eighth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Ira Silverstein.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 210,283 civilians reside within Illinois' eighth state senate district.[2] 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.[3] 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.


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.


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.[4]


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.[5]

The vacancy must be filled by the respective party organizations covering the legislative district.[6] This must be voted on by the respective committeemen and committeewomen representing the legislative district.[7]



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 Ira Silverstein (D) was unopposed in both the general election and Democratic primary.[8][9]

Illinois State Senate, District 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngIra Silverstein Incumbent 100% 54,399
Total Votes 54,399

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Illinois State Senate District 8 have raised a total of $1,386,029. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $154,003 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Illinois State Senate District 8
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $223,072 1 $223,072
2010 $138,651 1 $138,651
2008 $273,398 1 $273,398
2006 $196,642 1 $196,642
2004 $174,386 2 $87,193
2002 $182,055 2 $91,028
2000 $197,825 1 $197,825
Total $1,386,029 9 $154,003

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