Illinois Attorney General election, 2014

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Illinois Attorney General Election

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date:
March 18, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Lisa Madigan Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Lisa Madigan Democratic Party
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The Illinois Attorney General election took place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Lisa Madigan (D) was first elected in 2002 and was running for re-election. She faced Republican candidate Paul Schimpf and Libertarian Party candidate Ben Koyl in the general election. Madigan won election to another four-year term.

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.[1]

Candidates

General election

Democratic Party Lisa Madigan - Incumbent Green check mark transparent.png[2]
Republican Party Paul Schimpf - Attorney, Retired U.S. Marine Corps Officer[3]
Libertarian Party Ben Koyl[4]

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Green Party David Black - Lawyer[5]
Constitution Party Joe Bell - Attorney, 2010 nominee[6]

Results

General election

Attorney General of Illinois, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLisa Madigan Incumbent 59.5% 2,142,558
     Republican Paul Schimpf 37.8% 1,360,763
     Libertarian Ben Koyl 2.8% 99,903
Total Votes 3,603,224
Election Results via Illinois State Board of Elections.

Campaign themes

All three candidates made public statements detailing their positions on issues facing Illinois voters. The following sections quote these statements verbatim from candidate websites.

Ben Koyl

My four main platform points are the following:

  • Fight Corruption, Fraud, and Government Waste at the Local, County and State level;
  • Save Taxpayer Money by Streamlining Office Personnel and Technology;
  • Ballot Access for All Political Parties and Equal Access to Government for All.
  • Using the Freedom of Information Act to Hold Non-Profit Companies who Receive Taxpayer Subsidies Accountable.

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! [7]

—Ben Koyl's campaign website, (2014) [8]

Lisa Madigan

Protecting Consumers
Attorney General Lisa Madigan is the State’s chief consumer advocate, and she works tirelessly to protect Illinois consumers. She has fought fraud by cell phone companies, lowered electric utility rates, insisted that unsafe products be removed from store shelves, passed a new law that will help end the abusive practices of debt settlement operators who take advantage of people in financial distress and created an identity theft helpline.

Helping Illinois Homeowners
Attorney General Lisa Madigan fights for homeowners facing foreclosure. She created a Homeowner Helpline and sued Countrywide Home Loans, winning an $8.7 billion settlement that required the mortgage giant, not taxpayers, to renegotiate their risky, predatory loans and a record-breaking $335 million settlement over claims of discriminatory lending practices.

Fighting for Taxpayers
Attorney General Lisa Madigan is passionate about protecting taxpayers from fraud and abuse. She aggressively pursues cases of fraud and generated over $1 billion in revenue for the State in the last year alone. The Attorney General’s office is getting real results for Illinoisans with fewer taxpayer dollars than it had in 1998.

Battling Public Corruption and Unethical Conduct
As Attorney General, Lisa Madigan is working hard to restore honesty and integrity to Illinois government. She prosecutes corruption regardless of Party affiliation. That’s why she launched a State investigation into former Governor Rod Blagojevich’s “pay-to-play” schemes. She also passed new “sunshine” laws that make it easier for citizens to hold their government officials accountable.

Stopping Violence Against Women and Children
Attorney General Lisa Madigan has fought to protect women and children from domestic violence and sexual assault. She led efforts to track down and arrest sex offenders, reduced the number of unserved orders of protection and initiated a new law that makes Illinois the first State in the country to require that every rape kit be submitted for DNA testing.

Keeping Kids Safe
As the mother of two small daughters, Attorney General Lisa Madigan is personally committed to protecting all Illinois children. She mandated the lifetime supervision of serious sex offenders and leads the State’s task force on internet crimes against children, which tracks down and arrests online predators and child pornographers.

Protecting Seniors
Attorney General Lisa Madigan works hard to keep seniors safe. She educates seniors about protecting themselves from scams and launched “Operation Guardian,” a joint effort with law enforcement and health regulators, to conduct unannounced checks on nursing homes for health and safety violations and to remove residents with outstanding arrest warrants.

Ensuring Equal Protection Under the Law
Attorney General Lisa Madigan has taken decisive action to end discrimination based upon race, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion and disability and fights to make sure that veterans and their families receive the services and benefits they have earned.

Cleaning Up the Environment
As Attorney General, Lisa Madigan fights zealously to enforce the State’s environmental laws. She took on Crestwood officials who lied about providing residents with tainted drinking water and sued Exelon for contaminating drinking water near their Braidwood nuclear power plant.

Making Healthcare More Affordable and Accessible
Attorney General Lisa Madigan is fully committed to ensuring that all Illinoisans have access to affordable, quality healthcare. She fought hard for a new law that stops hospitals from gouging the uninsured and lowered the cost of prescription drugs by suing drug makers for fraudulently inflating their wholesale prices. [7]

—Lisa Madigan's campaign website, (2014) [9]

Paul Schimpf

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. [7]

—Paul Schimpf's campaign website, (2014) [10]

Polls

Attorney General of Illinois - General election
Poll Lisa Madigan * (D) Paul Schimpf (R)Ben Koyl (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Reboot Illinois
(October 6, 2014)
56.24%31.1%4.74%7.91%+/-31,096
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Note: An asterisk (*) denotes incumbent status.

Past elections

2010

2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election[11]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Lisa Madigan 64.7%
     Republican Party Stephen H. Kim 31.6%
     Green Party David Black 2.2%
     Libertarian Party William Malan 1.5%
Total Votes 3,704,686

2006

2006 Race for Attorney General - General Election[12]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Lisa Madigan 72.4%
     Republican Party Stewart Umholtz 24.3%
     Green Party David Black 3.3%
Total Votes 3,479,812

2002

2002 Race for Attorney General - General Election[13]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Lisa Madigan 50.4%
     Republican Party Joe Birkett 47.1%
     Libertarian Party Gary L. Shilts 2.5%
Total Votes 3,498,901

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
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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