Dan Kotowski

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Dan Kotowski
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Illinois State Senate District 28
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 8
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
Bachelor'sUniversity of Illinois, Champaign–Urbana
Master'sDePaul University
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
Office website
Campaign website
Dan Kotowski is a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 28. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.


Kotowski earned his B.S. in Communications from the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana and his M.S. from DePaul University. His professional experience includes working as the Executive Director of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence.

Committee assignments


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


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


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


Campaign themes


Kotowski's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • 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.”[2]



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 (Illinois) (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

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


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.[6]

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

Comprehensive donor information for Kotowski is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Kotowski raised a total of $3,732,228 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.[7]

Dan Kotowski's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State Senate, District 28 Won $1,664,424
2010 Illinois State Senate, District 33 Not up for election $279,821
2008 Illinois State Senate, District 33 Won $912,483
2006 Illinois State Senate, District 33 Won $875,500
Grand Total Raised $3,732,228


Kotowski won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Kotowski raised a total of $1,664,424.


Kotowski was not up for election to the Illinois State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Kotowski raised a total of $279,821.


Kotowski won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Kotowski raised a total of $912,483.


Kotowski won election to the Illinois State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Kotowski raised a total of $875,500.


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."[8][9]


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.[9]

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Millner (R)
Illinois Senate District 28
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Illinois Senate District 33
Succeeded by
Karen McConnaughay