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Bill Cunningham (Illinois)

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Bill Cunningham
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Illinois State Senate District 18
In office
January 12, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 2
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Illinois House of Representatives District 35
Bachelor'sUniversity of Illinois at Chicago, 1990
Place of birthChicago, Il
Office website
Bill Cunningham is a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 18. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012. He previously served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 2011 to 2013.

Cunningham received his Bachelor's from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His professional experience includes working for the Cook County sheriff's office, as community affairs director to Sheriff Michael Sheahan and chief of staff for Sheriff Tom Dart.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Cunningham served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Committee of the Whole
Criminal Law
Human Services, Vice-Chairperson
Labor and Commerce


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Cunningham served on the following committees:



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Cunningham won election to the 18th District seat in the Illinois State Senate in 2012. He was unopposed in the Democratic Primary on March 20 and defeated Republican Barbara Ruth Bellar in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2][3]

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


Cunningham defeated Barbara Ruth Bellar (R) in the state's November 2, 2010 general election. Cunningham replaced Kevin Joyce as candidate for the seat after Joyce decided not to run for re-election.[4][5]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 35 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Cunningham 58.4% 21,649
     Republican Barbara Ruth Bellar 41.6% 15,450
Total Votes 37,099

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Cunningham raised $155,124 in contributions. [6]

His three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Illinois Democratic Party $71,182
Citizens For Michael F Sheahan $5,000
Friends Of Dart $5,000


Illinois Opportunity Project

See also: Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card

The Illinois Opportunity Project, "an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds," annually releases its Legislative Vote Card, grading all members in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on the basis of their support of "pro-growth economic policies that increase personal freedom and reign in expansive government."[7][8]


Cunningham received a score of 37.50 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of F according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the 80th highest among all 120 members of the Illinois House of Representatives included in the Vote Card.[8]


Cunningham and his wife, Juliana, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Edward Maloney (D)
Illinois State Senate District 18
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Kevin Joyce (D)
Illinois House of Representatives District 35
Succeeded by
Frances Ann Hurley (D)