Illinois Attorney General election, 2014
November 4, 2014
March 18, 2014
Madigan expanded her margin of victory over the previous three elections, as detailed in the past elections section. She only won by 3 percent when she was elected in 2002 and won by more than 30 percentage points in the 2006 and 2010 elections. Learn more about where all three candidates stood on the issues in the campaign themes section.
Illinois is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Voters do not have to register with a party, but they do have to choose, publicly, which party's ballot they will vote on at the primary election.
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|Attorney General of Illinois, 2014|
|Democratic||Lisa Madigan Incumbent||59.5%||2,142,558|
|Election Results via Illinois State Board of Elections.|
All three candidates made public statements detailing their positions on issues facing Illinois voters. The following sections quote these statements verbatim from candidate websites.
My four main platform points are the following:
Most Importantly, I Will Faithfully Carry Out the Duties of the Illinois Attorney General as Promulgated by the Illinois Attorney General Act.
The Democrats and Republicans have had their opportunity to competently manage our government and have failed. If you are sick of the political corruption, cronyism, and waste of YOUR tax money then your vote is clear. Ben Koyl is the only candidate that will not tolerate it! 
—Ben Koyl's campaign website, (2014) 
Helping Illinois Homeowners
Fighting for Taxpayers
Battling Public Corruption and Unethical Conduct
Stopping Violence Against Women and Children
Keeping Kids Safe
Ensuring Equal Protection Under the Law
Cleaning Up the Environment
Making Healthcare More Affordable and Accessible
—Lisa Madigan's campaign website, (2014) 
As your Attorney General I will focus on three areas.
First, I will focus protecting individual freedoms such religious conscience rights, Second Amendment guarantees, and ensuring that Illinois meets its legal pension obligations.
Second, I will prioritize anti-corruption efforts. Only a true political outsider can effectively fight corruption in our state. Our current Attorney General has an inherent conflict of interest, in that her father is the most powerful Democrat in the state.
Lastly, I plan on transforming the Attorney General's office into a watchdog for limiting the size and scope of state government. Our bloated government is strangling the growth of small businesses within Illinois. If we are ever going to solve our budget crisis, we must scale back government regulation to spur economic growth in Illinois.
The Attorney General does not make public policy for our state. Although I do not intend to set policy in the areas below, you are entitled to know my core beliefs. The following information will help you get a better idea of who I am.
Pensions. I support and understand the need for pension reform, but any reform must be prospective in nature and comply with the Illinois Constitution. Illinois must fulfill its contractual pension obligations. I will fight to ensure that any solution to the pension crisis requires the government of Illinois to keep its promises and comply with the Illinois Constitution.
Life. I am proud to call myself Pro-Life. I want to change our culture so that we value unborn children in the same manner that we protect newborn infants. As a means of reaching this point, I support common-sense measures that will increase our state's respect for life from fetal viability to natural death.
Second Amendment Rights. I do not believe we should create additional restrictions on the 2nd Amendment rights of Americans. Existing gun control laws should be enforced. I support concealed carry, but believe it should not be allowed in establishments that serve alcohol.
Marriage. I strongly support civil unions, but I believe we made a mistake by redefining marriage away from one man and one woman. I am deeply troubled by the eagerness of some in our society to label supporters of traditional marriage as bigots. I will fight to protect the ability of all Illinois citizens to live and work in Illinois in accordance with their consciences and religious teachings.
Immigration. We are a nation of immigrants. I support an equitable pathway to citizenship for anyone who is "yearning to be free" and desires to assimilate in our society. This includes undocumented workers who are already in our country. These undocumented workers, however, must not receive priority over those who are following our immigration laws.
Environment. I believe our nation's energy challenges require an "all of the above" solution. I support clean coal production. I believe that climate change is real and an appropriate subject for government action. Climate change solutions, however, must acknowledge economic realities and make a positive contribution to climate change adaptation. I oppose "Cap and Trade" and President Obama's EPA regulations because they do not accomplish anything beyond hurting our economy.
Obamacare. Our country will not regain its economic vitality until Obamacare is repealed. Obamacare, as implemented by the Department of Health and Human Services, Internal Revenue Service, and Department of Labor, represents a threat to the rights of Illinois citizens and I will vigorously scrutinize its legality as we move forward.
Common Core. I do not support Common Core. Control of education policy should occur at the local level.
Term Limits. I support term limits and will vote "yes" on a constitutional amendment establishing them. I believe the Republican Party should institute an "Up or Out" policy that would establish term-limits for Republican office holders, irrespective of efforts to amend the Illinois Constitution. 
—Paul Schimpf's campaign website, (2014) 
|Attorney General of Illinois - General election|
|Poll||Lisa Madigan * (D)||Paul Schimpf (R)||Ben Koyl (L)||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
(October 6, 2014)
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Note: An asterisk (*) denotes incumbent status.
|2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election|
|Democratic Party||Lisa Madigan||64.7%|
|Republican Party||Stephen H. Kim||31.6%|
|Green Party||David Black||2.2%|
|Libertarian Party||William Malan||1.5%|
|2006 Race for Attorney General - General Election|
|Democratic Party||Lisa Madigan||72.4%|
|Republican Party||Stewart Umholtz||24.3%|
|Green Party||David Black||3.3%|
|2002 Race for Attorney General - General Election|
|Democratic Party||Lisa Madigan||50.4%|
|Republican Party||Joe Birkett||47.1%|
|Libertarian Party||Gary L. Shilts||2.5%|
|December 2, 2013||Last day of petition filing for established political parties|
|January 16, 2014||Last day to file a Declaration of Intent to be a write-in candidate|
|March 18, 2014||Primary election|
|November 4, 2014||General election|
|November 25, 2014||Last day for canvassing election results by proper canvassing board|
|January 12, 2015||Inauguration day for state executive officials in general election|
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- Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago, "2014 Primary: Frequently Asked Questions," accessed January 2, 2014
- Capitol Fax, "This just in… Lisa Madigan announces re-election bid," July 15, 2013
- Paul Schimpf for Attorney General 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed October 15, 2013
- Libertarian Party of Illinois, "Campaigns: Our Statewide Candidates," accessed March 31, 2014
- Illinois Green Party, "Meet David Black, candidate for Attorney General," accessed March 17, 2014
- Independent Political Report, "Constitution Party of Illinois nominates statewide candidates," March 24, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Koyl for Illinois Attorney Generla, "Candidate Platform," accessed October 27, 2014
- Citizens for Lisa Madigan, "Issues," accessed October 27, 2014
- Schimpf for Illinois, "Issues," accessed October 27, 2014
- Illinois State Board of Elections - 2010 General Election Results
- Illinois State Board of Elections - 2006 General Election Results
- Illinois State Board of Elections - 2002 General Election Results
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