|Illinois State Senate District 18|
|January 12, 2013-Present|
|January 14, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|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 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.
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:
|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|
Comprehensive donor information for Cunningham is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Cunningham raised a total of $329,718 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 16, 2013.
|Bill Cunningham's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Illinois State Senate, District 18||$174,594|
|2010||Illinois State House, District 35||$155,124|
|Grand Total Raised||$329,718|
2012Cunningham won election to the Illinois State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Cunningham raised a total of $174,594.
|Illinois State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Bill Cunningham's campaign in 2012|
|Illinois Democratic Party||$38,259|
|Senate Democrats Victory Fund||$10,043|
|Illinois Education Association||$6,500|
|Illinois Trial Lawyers Association||$5,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$174,594|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010Cunningham won election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Cunningham raised a total of $155,124.
|Illinois House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Bill Cunningham's campaign in 2010|
|Illinois Democratic Party||$71,182|
|Friends of Dart||$5,000|
|Citizens for Michael F Sheahan||$5,000|
|Illinois Education Association||$2,500|
|Chicago Federation of Labor & Industrial Union Council||$2,500|
|Total Raised in 2010||$155,124|
|Source:Follow the Money|
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.
Cunningham and his wife, Juliana, have two children.
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- Illinois House of Representatives - Bill Cunningham
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- Project Vote Smart biography
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 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
- followthemoney.org, "Cunningham, Bill," accessed July 16, 2013
- 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)