Bill Cunningham (Illinois)
|Illinois State Senate District 18|
|January 12, 2013-Present|
|January 14, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Per diem||$132/per session day|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Illinois House of Representatives District 35|
|Bachelor's||University of Illinois at Chicago, 1990|
|Place of birth||Chicago, Il|
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.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Cunningham served on the following committees:
|Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Committee of the Whole|
|• Criminal Law|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Cunningham served on the following committees:
|Illinois Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Appropriations-Public Safety|
|• Cities & Villages|
|• Judiciary II - Criminal Law|
|• Transportation: Vehicles & Safety|
- 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.
|Illinois State Senate, District 18, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Barbara Ruth Bellar||36.3%||34,338|
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.
|Illinois House of Representatives, District 35 General Election, 2010|
|Republican||Barbara Ruth Bellar||41.6%||15,450|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, Cunningham raised $155,124 in contributions. 
His three largest contributors were:
|Illinois Democratic Party||$71,182|
|Citizens For Michael F Sheahan||$5,000|
|Friends Of Dart||$5,000|
Illinois Opportunity Project
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."
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.
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Cunningham and his wife, Juliana, have two children.
- Illinois House of Representatives - Bill Cunningham
- House Democrats profile
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Campaign contributions: 2010
- Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List," December 5, 2011
- Illinois State Board of Elections, "Official 2012 Primary Results"
- Illinois State Board of Elections, “Official Vote - November 6, 2012 General Election,” accessed December 31, 2012
- Committee picks Cunningham
- Illinois Official 2010 General Election Results
- 2010 contributions
- Illinois Opportunity Project, "The Project," accessed February 21, 2013
- Illinois Opportunity Project, Legislative Vote Card home page, accessed February 21, 2013
Edward Maloney (D)
|Illinois State Senate District 18
| Succeeded by|
Kevin Joyce (D)
|Illinois House of Representatives District 35
| Succeeded by|
Frances Ann Hurley (D)