Bill Cunningham (Illinois)

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Bill Cunningham
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Illinois House of Representatives District 35
In office
January 12, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 12, 2013
Years in position 4
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$132/per session day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Illinois at Chicago, 1990
Place of birthChicago, Il
Office website
Bill Cunningham is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives. Cunningham represents the 35th District. He was elected in November of 2010.

Cunningham is a full-time state legislator. Previously he worked for 20 years in the Cook County sheriff's office, 16 served as community affairs director to Sheriff Michael Sheahan and four as chief of staff for Sheriff Tom Dart; he has also worked as a youth soccer coach. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Cunningham and his wife, Juliana, have two children.

Committee assignments


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


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

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Cunningham and his wife, Juliana, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kevin Joyce
Illinois House of Representatives District 35
Succeeded by