|Illinois State Senate District 35|
|1993 - Present|
|January 11, 2017|
|Years in position||20|
|Assistant Minority Leader|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 1992|
|Next election||November 8, 2016|
|Bachelor's||Rock Valley College|
|Birthday||June 29, 1957|
|Place of birth||Chicago, Illinois|
Syverson earned his Bachelor's from Rock Valley College. His professional experience includes working as an insurance agency owner.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Syverson served on the following committees:
|Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Committee of the Whole|
|• Human Services|
|• Public Health|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Syverson served on these committees:
|Illinois Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Committee of the Whole|
|• Human Services|
|• Public Health, Ranking Minority Member|
|• Government Forecasting and Accountability|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Syverson served on these committees:
|Illinois Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Appropriations I|
|• Deficit Reduction|
|• Gaming, Republican Ranking Member|
|• Human Services|
|• Public Health, Republican Ranking Member|
On December 1, 2010, the Illinois Senate voted 31-20 in favor of a plan that allows for five additional casinos and electronic gaming at horse track facilities, increasing the number of licenses for casinos in the state to 15.
Under the plan, new casinos would operate in Chicago, southern Cook County, Danville, Rockford and Waukegan.
"Is it a huge expansion? Yes, I'm not going to deny it. But we have a huge deficit in the state of Illinois, we have got huge problems in the state of Illinois, so you don't look at little things to fix it, you look at big things to fix it," said the bill's sponsor, Sen. Terry Link, D-Waukegan.
Lawmakers like William Haine would prefer another way to increase revenue.
"It's not the best thing we could do. It's not good, but it's the only thing available for new * Revenue Committee, Illinois State Senate," said Sen. Haine, D-Alton.
Syverson said a casino in his backyard could keep Illinois gamers from going up to Wisconsin to play the slots.
"Now we have an opportunity to bring those Wisconsin dollars to Illinois," Swerson said. "So it's good for Illinois in two ways. One it's creating new jobs and new * Revenue Committee, Illinois State Senate, but it's also bringing out-of-state money here."
Syverson's campaign website lists the following issues:
- Creating Jobs
- Excerpt: "Dave Syverson has the knowledge it takes to create jobs and revive our economy. For more than 20 years he has worked in the private sector creating jobs in the Northern Illinois region."
- Supporting Veterans
- Excerpt: "We owe our Nation’s Veterans a debt of gratitude for protecting the freedoms we enjoy every day."
- Cutting Taxes
- Excerpt: "Illinois does not have a revenue problem; it has a spending problem."
- Improving Education
- Excerpt: "Illinois must have a world-class education system if we expect our children and our companies to be competitive in this global economy."
- Reducing Government
- Excerpt: "We must cut state government to free up resources for productive investment."
- See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012
Syverson, current District 34 incumbent, won re-election to the Senate in District 35 in the 2012. Syverson defeated incumbent Christine Johnson (R) in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012 and was unopposed in the November 6, 2012 general election.
|Illinois State Senate, District 35, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Dave Syverson Incumbent||100%||72,411|
|Illinois State Senate Republican Primary, 2012|
|Dave Syverson Incumbent||57.6%||14,368|
|Christine J. Johnson Incumbent||42.4%||10,592|
Syverson was targeted for defeat in the primary by Family-Pac.
- See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2010
|Illinois State Senate, District 34 (2010)|
|Dave Syverson (R)||28,145||52.56%|
|Marla Wilson (D)||25,407||47.44%|
The election took place on November 2, 2010. Syverson ran unopposed in the Republican primary election on February 2nd.
|Illinois State Senate, District 34 (2006)|
|Dave Syverson (R)||29,131|
|Daniel Lewandowski (D)||23,120|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, Syverson received $738,807 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|Illinois State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Dave Syverson's campaign in 2010|
|Republican State Senate Campaign Cmte Of Illinois||$103,200|
|Citizens For Christine Radogno||$61,853|
|First Ranger Petroleum LLC||$55,459|
|Illinois Health Care Association||$49,564|
|Total Raised in 2010||$738,807|
In 2008, Syverson collected $289,536 in donations.
Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.
|Ringland-Johnson Construction Co.||$20,000|
|First Ranger Petroleum||$15,000|
|Chicago Auto Trade Association||$7,000|
|Rock Valley Oil & Chemical Co.||$5,000|
|Illinois State Dental Society||$5,000|
|Alden-Alma Nelson Manor Inc.||$5,000|
|Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois||$4,500|
|Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois||$4,000|
|Rockford Ambulatory Surgery Center||$4,000|
|OSF Saint Francis Inc.||$3,500|
|Rockford Anesthesiologists Associates||$3,000|
|John Deere & Co.||$3,000|
|Darecloud Development Inc.||$2,500|
|Area Erectors Inc.||$2,500|
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."
Syverson received a score of 100.00 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of A+ according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the highest among all 59 members of the Illinois State Senate included in the Vote Card.
Dave and his wife, Shirley, have two children.
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- Chuck Sweeny: Pension reform bill faces uncertain vote - Rockford Register Star
- Chuck Sweeny: If extremes hate pension bill, it's probably a decent bill - Rockford Register Star
- What could be next for Illinois pension reform plan - WREX-TV
- DeKalb County lawmakers split on pension reform bill - Dekalb Daily Chronicle
- DeKalb County legislators split on pension reform bill - Dekalb Daily Chronicle
- Unions planning district office pension reform meetings - The Capitol Fax Blog (blog)
- Local state lawmakers examine pension reform plan - Dekalb Daily Chronicle
- 'Obamacare' means Medicaid in Illinois - Kankakee Daily Journal
- Numbers don't lie: In Illinois, Affordable Care Act means Medicaid - The Rock River Times
- What didn't happen during IL's Fall veto session - WREX-TV
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- Profile at Wikipedia
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1996
- ↑ "Illinois General Assembly" List of Illinois Senate Committees, July 28, 2009
- ↑ "Senate OKs new gaming rules in Illinois," Illinois Statehouse News, December 1, 2010
- ↑ Campaign website, Issues
- ↑ Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List," December 5, 2011
- ↑ Illinois State Board of Elections, "Official 2012 Primary Results"
- ↑ Illinois Secretary of State - 2012 Primary Results
- ↑ Illinois State Board of Elections, “Official Vote - November 6, 2012 General Election,” accessed December 31, 2012
- ↑ Family-Pac, "Endorsements," accessed June 22, 2012
- ↑ 2010 Illinois General Election Results
- ↑ 2010 Illinois Primary Election Results
- ↑ Illinois Senate election results for 2006
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2010 contributions
- ↑ Syverson Campaign Donors
- ↑ Illinois Opportunity Project, "The Project," accessed February 21, 2013
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 Illinois Opportunity Project, Legislative Vote Card home page, accessed February 21, 2013
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