Dan Kotowski

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Dan Kotowski
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Illinois State Senate District 33
Incumbent
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Illinois, Champaign–Urbana
Master'sDePaul University
Personal
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Dan Kotowski is a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate. Before becoming a Senator, Kotowski was the Executive Director of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, a pro-gun control group.

Kotowski graduated from the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana with his Bachelor's degree in Communications and his Master's Degree from DePaul University.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations, Vice-Chairperson
Appropriations II, Chairperson
Committee of the Whole
Criminal Law
Higher Education
Revenue

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kotowski served on these committees:

  • Subcommittee on Property Taxes, Chair
  • Subcommittee on Tax Credits

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Kotowski served on these committees:[1]

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Kotowski's campaign website lists the following two issue areas and links to relevant news articles about them:[2]

  • Political Corruption
  • Middle Class Families

Raising lawmaker salaries

In May 2011, Illinois Senate lawmakers entertained a bill, SB2467, which included an “additional amounts per year” for select lawmakers: committee chairmen and committee minority spokesmen and spokeswomen. Sen. Dan Kotowski sponsored the measure.

The lump-sum appropriations in the proposal would increase pay for Senate committee chiefs by 14 percent. House committee bosses would see a 47-percent jump in pay. The increases were on top of the base $67,836 annual salaries that all lawmakers earn. Committee and leadership posts bring extra pay. In other words, more taxpayers’ money would be funneled into extra pay for select lawmakers, said Sen. Dale Righter.

“So there’s some games being played here,” said Righter, a member of the Senate Executive Committee. “And sometimes that’s the way things happen — like this — is because (Democrats) want to do it before anyone really sees it.”

However, Kotowski said this move would restore the public’s good faith and trust to the government.

“We’re basically changing the existing law, to require legislators to work 12 days without getting paid,” he said. “That’s very, very, important, and that’s going to lead to reduction in salaries across the board this year and a total of saving $1.2 million for taxpayers.”

Lawmakers do want the public to notice when they cut their own pay, Righter and Kotowski said.

“But not this, the increasing the stipend (proposal), because it kind of makes it look like, ‘OK you’re taking it out of your pocket over here, but you’re going to shove your other pocket full,’” Righter said. “That’s what it looks like, like the outset that they’re trying to do here.”[3]

Elections

2012

See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Kotowski won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 28. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012 and defeated Jim O'Donnell (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

Illinois State Senate, District 28, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Kotowski Incumbent 57.3% 45,656
     Republican Jim O'Donnell 42.7% 34,035
Total Votes 79,691

2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat Dan Kotowski won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 33 receiving 48,344 votes, ahead of Republican Michael Sweeney receiving 32,293 votes.[7]


Illinois State Senate, District 33 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dan Kotowski (D) 48,344
Michael Sweeney (R) 32,293

Campaign donors

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2008

In 2008, Kotowski collected $912,483 in donations.[8]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Illinois Senate Democratic Fund $150,000
Friends of Clayborne $44,000
Illinois Education Association $36,000
Illinois Health Care Association $27,711
Illinois Realtors Association $26,488
Friends of Don Harmon $26,000
Deep Blue Illinois $25,000
Illinois Federation of Teachers $21,000
Cook County College Teachers Union $18,500
Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois $18,500
Illinois Laborers $15,500
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association $12,000
Service Employees Local 880 $10,000
Simmonscooper LLC $9,500
Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois $9,500
Illinois Hospital & Health Systems Association $9,500
West Suburban Teachers Local 571 $9,200
Illinois Credit Union League $8,250
Friends of A. J. Wilhelmi $8,000
Friends of Harper $7,500

Scorecards

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."[9][10]

2012

Kotowski received a score of 50.00 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of D- according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the 32nd highest among all 59 members of the Illinois State Senate included in the Vote Card.[10]

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District 33

Kotowski represents Illinois Senate District 33. District 33 includes the Northwest Chicago suburbs of Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect[11].

Personal

Kotowski resides in Park Ridge, Illinois.

External links

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Illinois Senate District 33
2006–2013
Succeeded by
Karen McConnaughay