Difference between revisions of "Gary Forby"

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
(added donor box)
(Campaign donors)
(48 intermediate revisions by 16 users not shown)
Line 1: Line 1:
{{Short office holder |
+
{{Polinfobox
  name                = Gary Forby |
+
|Project = SLP
  profile image      = Gary Forby.jpg |
+
  |Name =Gary Forby
  political position  = Illinois State Senate District 59 |
+
  |Profile picture =Gary Forby.jpg
  incumbency          = Incumbent |
+
  |Position = Illinois State Senate District 59
  assumed office     = 2003 |
+
  |Status = Incumbent
  term ends          = 2010 |
+
|Tenure =2003 - Present
  political party    = [[Democratic]] |
+
  |Term ends = [[Term-end dates of legislators elected on November 6, 2012|January 11, 2017]]
  profession          = Legislator |
+
|Assumed office =2003
  website             = [http://www.ilga.gov/senate/Senator.asp?GA=96&MemberID=1491 Official website] |
+
|Political party =Democratic |Party dot = {{bluedot|size=10px}}
}}{{tnr}}'''Gary Forby''' is a [[Democratic Party|Democratic]] member of the [[Illinois State Senate]]. Forby has served in the Illinois Senate since 2003 when first appointed to the position by former Governor [[Rod Blagojevich]]. Forby also served in the [[Illinois House of Representatives]] from 2001 to 2003.
+
  |Leadership =  
 +
|Years leadership =
 +
  |Leadership 2 =
 +
|Years leadership 2 =
 +
|Leadership 3 =
 +
|Years leadership 3 =
 +
|Leadership 4 =
 +
|Years leadership 4 =
 +
|Leadership 5 =
 +
|Years leadership 5 =
 +
|Base salary = $67,836/year
 +
|Per diem = $111/day
 +
|Pension  =
 +
|Last election = [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
 +
|Appointed = 2003
 +
  |Appointed by =  
 +
|First elected =
 +
  |Term limits =
 +
|Next election = November 8, 2016
 +
|Prior office =
 +
|Prior office years =
 +
|Prior office 2 =
 +
|Prior office 2 years =
 +
|Prior office 3 =
 +
|Prior office 3 years =
 +
|High school =
 +
|Associate's =
 +
|Bachelor's =
 +
|Master's =
 +
|J.D. =
 +
|Ph.D. =
 +
|M.D. =
 +
|Other =
 +
|Military =
 +
|Years of service =
 +
|Military 2 =
 +
|Years of service 2  =
 +
|Citations =
 +
|Birthday =January 4, 1945
 +
|Place of birth =Anna, Illinois
 +
|Profession =
 +
|Religion =
 +
|Office website =http://www.ilga.gov/senate/Senator.asp?GA=97&MemberID=1698
 +
|Campaign website = http://www.garyforby.com/
 +
|Personal website =
 +
}}{{tnr}}'''Gary Forby''' is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[Illinois State Senate]], representing District 59. He was first appointed to the chamber in 2003. He previously served in the [[Illinois House of Representatives]] from 2001 to 2003.
  
Forby graduated with his High School diploma and also works as a Excavating Contractor and Farmer in addition to being a Senator.
+
Forby's professional experience includes working as an excavating contractor and farmer.
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
 +
===2013-2014===
 +
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Forby served on the following committees:
 +
{{Committee Assignments
 +
|State = Illinois
 +
|year = 2013
 +
|Collapse =
 +
|Chamber = State Senate
 +
|Committee1 = Committee of the Whole
 +
|Chair1 =
 +
|Chair2 = Chair
 +
|Committee2 = Labor and Commerce
 +
|Committee3 = Licensed Activities and Pensions
 +
|Committee4 =
 +
|Committee5 =
 +
|Committee6 =
 +
|Committee7 =
 +
}}
  
Forby serves on these committees:
+
===2011-2012===
 +
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Forby served on these committees:
 +
{{Committee Assignments
 +
|State = Illinois
 +
|year = 2011
 +
|Collapse = Yes
 +
|Chamber = State Senate
 +
|Committee1 = Committee of the Whole
 +
|Chair1 =
 +
|Chair5 = Chair
 +
|Committee2 = Education
 +
|Committee3 = Energy
 +
|Committee4 = Insurance
 +
|Committee5 = Labor
 +
|Committee6 = Licensed Activities
 +
|Committee7 =
 +
}}
  
* [[Consumer Protection Committee, Illinois Senate|Consumer Protection]]   
+
===2009-2010===
* [[Insurance Committee, Illinois Senate|Insurance]] 
+
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Forby served on these committees:<ref>[http://www.ilga.gov/senate/committees/default.asp "Illinois General Assembly" List of Illinois Senate Committees, July 28, 2009]</ref>
* [[Labor Committee, Illinois Senate|Labor]]  '''Chairman'''
+
{{Committee Assignments
* [[Telecommunications and Technology Committee, Illinois Senate|Telecommunications and Technology]]
+
|State = Illinois
* [[Transportation Committee, Illinois Senate|Transportation]] <ref>[http://www.ilga.gov/senate/committees/default.asp "Illinois General Assembly" List of Illinois Senate Committees, July 28, 2009]</ref>.
+
|year = 2009
 +
|Collapse = Yes
 +
|Chamber = State Senate
 +
|Committee1 = Consumer Protection
 +
|Chair1 =
 +
|Chair3 = Chairman
 +
|Committee2 = Insurance
 +
|Committee3 = Labor
 +
|Committee4 = Telecommunications & Technology
 +
|Committee5 = Transportation
 +
|Committee6 =
 +
|Committee7 =
 +
}}
  
 +
==Issues==
 +
===Campaign themes===
 +
====2012====
 +
Forby's campaign website lists the following issues:<ref>[http://www.garyforby.com/issues ''Gary Forby'', "Issues," accessed October 23, 2012]</ref>
 +
*'''Putting Southern Illinois Back to Work
 +
:Excerpt: "Gary Forby has worked to balance the budget and improve the region’s economy by revitalizing the Southern Illinois coal industry. ...He continues that same pledge this year by fighting to keep open Tamms Correctional Center, which is facing the chance of closure under the Governor’s budget proposal."
 +
*'''Bringing Money Back to Southern Illinois
 +
:Excerpt: "Gary Forby has worked closely with local mayors to bring taxpayer money back to communities in our District. He helped secure millions of dollars in state grants to replace water lines in Herrin, Benton, Carmi, Pope County, Shawneetown and Zeigler."
 +
*'''Protecting Southern Illinois Values
 +
:Excerpt: "Gary Forby continues to lead the effort to bring concealed carry to Illinois, which would allow properly trained, law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons and defend themselves, and he fought to keep the names of FOID card holders private to ensure their safety."
  
 +
===Concealed carry===
 +
From State House News:
  
==Campaign Donors==
+
In May 2011, Gov. [[Pat Quinn]] announced that he would veto the concealed carry bill on which the Illinois Legislature had voted, if it landed on his desk. The bill would allow Illinois residents to carry concealed firearms in public.  
===2008===
+
In 2008, Forby collected $1,395,610 in donations.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=98672|2008 Forby Campaign Donors]</ref>
+
  
Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.
+
That threat held little water because the bill had a lot of support and might win through a supermajority (71 votes in the House and 36 votes in the Senate) of votes from both chambers.
 +
 
 +
Rep. [[Brandon W. Phelps]] said he was trying to find enough support in the House to move the plan over to the Senate. Phelps said he wanted to call House Bill 148 for a vote on May 5, regardless of Quinn's opposition. 
 +
 
 +
"I just think that (Quinn) is wrong," Phelps said. "And you agree to disagree. Sometimes people within your own party disagree with what they say. And I totally disagree with him today."
 +
 
 +
Under HB 148, Illinois residents 21 and older could apply for permits to carry concealed firearms in public, except for places like schools, churches and inside state government buildings. Applicants would need to pass a written exam, firearms training exercises and background checks.
 +
 
 +
"About two-thirds of the citizens of our state are steadfastly and strongly opposed to allow private citizens to carry loaded, concealed handguns in public places," Quinn said.
 +
 
 +
Sen. Gary Forby said the opponents of concealed carry mostly live in and around Chicago and that people downstate, and in other states, support the idea.
 +
 
 +
"I think all we are doing now, we are really helping the state of Illinois with what they got to do to get a license and stuff," Forby said. "So all you are going to do is put guns in peoples' good hands."
 +
 
 +
Quinn said the plan may lead to more violence.
 +
 
 +
"I don't think that's healthy, if you are going to the grocery store," Quinn said. "You bump into somebody accidentally, and they take offense, they can pull out a loaded, concealed handgun to assuage their anger."
 +
 
 +
Sen. [[Larry Bomke]] said the plan would deter violence, because potential burglars would less likely rob homeowners with guns.
 +
 
 +
"I can only hope that he changes his mind once the bill gets to his desk," Bomke said. "And I feel fairly confident it will. But it will be important that we have enough votes, a supermajority, to override his decision if he chooses to veto the bill."
 +
 
 +
Rep. [[Jason Barickman]] said lawmakers have been working carefully to craft the plan.
 +
 
 +
“At the end of the day, we certainly would appreciate the governor's support,” Barickman said. “But with him making it clear that he opposes this right, this constitutional right, this right that a mass number of people support. I think that we just have to continue lining up our legislative votes and push forward."
 +
 
 +
Rep. [[Norine Hammond]] hopes that's enough support.
 +
 
 +
“A lot of people have worked on this very hard — lots of law enforcement input,” she said. “I think it is a very strong bill. And hopefully we could get it passed," she said. 
 +
 
 +
In the end though, Rep. [[Richard Morthland]] said it won’t matter what the governor chooses to do with the legislation if there are enough votes.
 +
 
 +
"There is a last minute roll call being taken just trying to figure out where people are, and how we are doing, and do we have exactly the number of votes we need, how close are we,“ Morthland said. “I think it looks good. Hopefully we will be able to move it this week."<ref>[http://illinois.statehousenewsonline.com/5917/govs-threatened-veto-of-concealed-carry-may-not-matter/ "Gov’s threatened veto of concealed carry may not matter," ''Illinois Statehouse News'', May 3, 2011]</ref>
 +
 
 +
==Elections==
 +
===2012===
 +
:: ''See also: [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012]]''
 +
 
 +
Forby won election in the [[State legislative elections, 2012|2012 election]] for [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012|Illinois State Senate]] District 59. Forby defeated [[Fred Kondritz]] in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012 and defeated [[Mark Minor]] (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/InfoForCandidates.aspx ''Illinois State Board of Elections'' "Candidate List," December 5, 2011]</ref><ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/Downloads/ElectionInformation/VoteTotals/2012GPOfficialVote.pdf ''Illinois State Board of Elections,'' "Official 2012 Primary Results"]</ref><ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/Downloads/ElectionInformation/VoteTotals/2012GPOfficialVote.pdf ''Illinois State Board of Elections'' "2012 Primary results"]</ref><ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/Downloads/ElectionInformation/VoteTotals/2012GEOfficialVote.pdf Illinois State Board of Elections, “Official Vote - November 6, 2012 General Election,” accessed December 31, 2012]</ref>
 +
 
 +
{{Election box 2012
 +
|Collapse =
 +
|Chamber= Illinois State Senate, District 59, General Election
 +
|party1= Democratic
 +
|party2= Republican
 +
|winner1 = Gary Forby
 +
|Inc1 = Y
 +
|candidate2 = Mark Minor
 +
|votes1 = 55502
 +
|votes2 = 38435
 +
}}
 +
 
 +
 
 +
{{Primary election box 2012
 +
|Chamber=  Illinois State Senate, District 59
 +
|party= Democratic
 +
|winner1 = Gary Forby
 +
|Inc1 = Y
 +
|candidate2 = Fred Kondritz
 +
|votes1 = 12700
 +
|votes2 = 3636
 +
}}
 +
 
 +
===2008===
 +
On November 4, 2008, Democrat Gary Forby won re-election to the [[Illinois State Senate]] District 59 receiving 49,552 votes, ahead of Republican Ken Burzynski (46,727 votes).<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_election_results.phtml?s=IL&y=2008 ''Illinois Senate election results for 2008'']</ref>
  
{{legislative donor box}}
+
{{Votebox |
 +
  office = Illinois State Senate, District 59 (2008)
 +
}}
 
|-
 
|-
| Illinois Senate Democratic Fund
+
| colspan="2" | '''{{won}} [[Gary Forby]] (D)'''
| align="right" | $450,940
+
| align="right" | '''49,552'''
 
|-
 
|-
| Friends of Clayborne
+
| colspan="2" | Ken Burzynski (R)
| align="right" | $200,000
+
| align="right" | 46,727
|-
+
| Illinois Federation of Teachers
+
| align="right" | $65,587
+
|-
+
| Illinois Health Care Association
+
| align="right" | $55,013
+
|-
+
| Illinois Laborers
+
| align="right" | $44,722
+
|-
+
| Southern & Central Illinois Laborers District Council
+
| align="right" | $43,000
+
|-
+
| Illinois Education Association
+
| align="right" | $42,900
+
|-
+
| Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois
+
| align="right" | $29,500
+
|-
+
| Illinois State Medical Society
+
| align="right" | $25,000
+
|-
+
| Friends of Don Harmon
+
| align="right" | $20,000
+
|-
+
| Silverstein for Senator
+
| align="right" | $18,000
+
|-
+
| Deep Blue Illinois
+
| align="right" | $15,000
+
|-
+
| Simmonscooper LLC
+
| align="right" | $11,000
+
|-
+
| Service Employees Local 880
+
| align="right" | $11,000
+
|-
+
| John Sullivan
+
| align="right" | $10,000
+
|-
+
| International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
+
| align="right" | $9,450
+
|-
+
| Illinois Realtors Association
+
| align="right" | $8,900
+
|-
+
| Illinois AFL-CIO
+
| align="right" | $7,529
+
|-
+
| AFSCME Illinois Council 31
+
| align="right" | $6,300
+
|-
+
| Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois
+
| align="right" | $6,000
+
 
|}
 
|}
  
 +
==Campaign donors==
 +
{{Comprehensive donor history
 +
|Name = Forby
 +
|Full name = Gary Forby
 +
|year = 2000
 +
|Editdate = July 18, 2013
 +
|link = <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/uniquecandidate.phtml?uc=4962 ''followthemoney.org'', "Forby, Gary," accessed July 18, 2013]</ref>
 +
|party = Democratic
 +
|totalraised2012 = 1215281
 +
|result2012 = Won
 +
|office2012 = [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012|Illinois State Senate, District 59]]
 +
|totalraised2010 = 230833
 +
|result2010 = N/A
 +
|office2010 = [[Illinois State Senate|Illinois State Senate, District 59]]
 +
|totalraised2008 = 1395610
 +
|result2008 = Won
 +
|office2008 = [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2008|Illinois State Senate, District 59]]
 +
|totalraised2006 = 224347
 +
|result2006 = N/A
 +
|office2006 = [[Illinois State Senate|Illinois State Senate, District 59]]
 +
|totalraised2004 = 1449655
 +
|result2004 = Won
 +
|office2004 = [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2004|Illinois State Senate, District 59]]
 +
|totalraised2002 = 256084
 +
|result2002 = Won
 +
|office2002 = [[Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2002|Illinois State House, District 117]]
 +
|totalraised2000 = 755309
 +
|result2000 = Won
 +
|office2000 = [[Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2000|Illinois State House, District 117]]
 +
}}
  
==District 59==
+
===2012===
 +
{{SLP donor box 2012
 +
|name = Forby
 +
|full Name = Gary Forby
 +
|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=142838
 +
|office= Illinois State Senate
 +
|new = no
 +
|party = Democratic
 +
|total raised = 1,215,281
 +
|org1 = Illinois Democratic Party
 +
|org2 = Illinois Laborers
 +
|org3 = Illinois Senate Democratic Fund
 +
|org4 = Illinois Education Association
 +
|org5 = Illinois Federation of Teachers
 +
|orgamount1 = 208552
 +
|orgamount2 = 85260
 +
|orgamount3 = 84895
 +
|orgamount4 = 60000
 +
|orgamount5 = 58019
 +
|}}
  
Forby represents Illinois Senate District 59.  District 59 includes South Central Illinois<ref>[http://www.ilchamber.org/Chamber_PAC/District_maps/legislative_dist_il.pdf "Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Northeast Illinois Legislative District Maps, July 29, 2009]</ref>.
+
===2010===
 +
{{SLP donor box 2010
 +
|name = Forby  
 +
|full Name = Gary Forby
 +
|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=116929
 +
|office= Illinois State Senate
 +
|new = off
 +
|party = Democratic
 +
|total raised = 230,833
 +
|org1 = Illinois Federation of Teachers
 +
|org2 = Illinois Hospital & Health Systems Association
 +
|org3 = Illinois State Medical Society
 +
|org4 = Illinois Education Association
 +
|org5 = Associated General Contractors of Illinois
 +
|orgamount1 = 6600
 +
|orgamount2 = 6500
 +
|orgamount3 = 5000
 +
|orgamount4 = 5000
 +
|orgamount5 = 5000
 +
|}}
  
==Personal==
+
===2008===
 +
{{SLP donor box 2008
 +
|name = Forby
 +
|full Name = Gary Forby
 +
|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=98672
 +
|office= Illinois State Senate
 +
|new = no
 +
|party = Democratic
 +
|total raised = 1,395,610
 +
|org1 = Illinois Senate Democratic Fund
 +
|org2 = Friends of Clayborne
 +
|org3 = Illinois Federation of Teachers
 +
|org4 = Illinois Health Care Association
 +
|org5 = Illinois Laborers
 +
|orgamount1 = 450940
 +
|orgamount2 = 200000
 +
|orgamount3 = 65587
 +
|orgamount4 = 55013
 +
|orgamount5 = 44722
 +
|}}
  
Gary is married to Angie Forby. They have four children and reside in Benton, Illinois.
+
===2006===
 +
{{SLP donor box 2006
 +
|name = Forby
 +
|full Name = Gary Forby  
 +
|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=81793
 +
|office= Illinois State Senate
 +
|new = off
 +
|party = Democratic
 +
|total raised = 224,347
 +
|org1 = Illinois Education Association
 +
|org2 = Chicago Teachers Union
 +
|org3 = International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
 +
|org4 = Harrahs
 +
|org5 = Southern & Central Illinois Laborers District Council
 +
|orgamount1 = 10060
 +
|orgamount2 = 6500
 +
|orgamount3 = 6000
 +
|orgamount4 = 5000
 +
|orgamount5 = 4900
 +
|}}
  
 +
===2004===
 +
{{SLP donor box 2004
 +
|name = Forby
 +
|full Name = Gary Forby
 +
|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=63166
 +
|office= Illinois State Senate
 +
|new = yes
 +
|party = Democratic
 +
|total raised = 1,449,655
 +
|org1 = Illinois Senate Democratic Fund
 +
|org2 = Service Employees Illinois Council
 +
|org3 = Illinois Federation of Teachers
 +
|org4 = Illinois Education Association
 +
|org5 = AFSCME Council 31
 +
|orgamount1 = 906778
 +
|orgamount2 = 59457
 +
|orgamount3 = 56591
 +
|orgamount4 = 42700
 +
|orgamount5 = 22100
 +
|}}
 +
 +
===2002===
 +
{{SLP donor box 2002
 +
|name = Forby
 +
|full Name = Gary Forby
 +
|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=3804
 +
|office= Illinois House of Representatives
 +
|new = no
 +
|party = Democratic
 +
|total raised = 256,084
 +
|org1 = Illinois Democratic Party
 +
|org2 = Southern & Central Illinois Laborers District Council
 +
|org3 = Illinois Federation of Teachers
 +
|org4 = International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
 +
|org5 = Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
 +
|orgamount1 = 67494
 +
|orgamount2 = 25191
 +
|orgamount3 = 15476
 +
|orgamount4 = 6800
 +
|orgamount5 = 5800
 +
|}}
 +
 +
===2000===
 +
{{SLP donor box 2000
 +
|name = Forby
 +
|full Name = Gary Forby
 +
|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=30421
 +
|office= Illinois House of Representatives
 +
|new = yes
 +
|party = Democratic
 +
|total raised = 755,309
 +
|org1 = Illinois Democratic Party
 +
|org2 = Forby Excavating Inc
 +
|org3 = Forby, Gary
 +
|org4 = Illinois Federation of Teachers
 +
|org5 = Illinois Laborers
 +
|orgamount1 = 408145
 +
|orgamount2 = 37227
 +
|orgamount3 = 35000
 +
|orgamount4 = 21444
 +
|orgamount5 = 20000
 +
|}}
 +
 +
==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."<ref>[https://illinoisopportunity.org/the-project/ Illinois Opportunity Project, "The Project," accessed February 21, 2013]</ref><ref name="IOP">[http://illinoisopportunity.org/votecard/ Illinois Opportunity Project, Legislative Vote Card home page, accessed February 21, 2013]</ref>
 +
====2012====
 +
Forby received a score of 62.50 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of C- according to the IOP’s grading scale.  His score was tied for the 24th highest among all 59 members of the [[Illinois State Senate]] included in the Vote Card.<ref name="IOP"/>
 +
 +
==Personal==
 +
Forbes and his wife, Angie, have four children.
 +
 +
==Recent news==
 +
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term '''Gary + Forby + Illinois + Senate'''
 +
:''All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.''
 +
{{RSS|feed=http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&gl=us&q=Gary+Forby+Illinois+Senate&um=1&ie=UTF-8&output=rss|template=slpfeed|max=10|title=Gary Forby News Feed}}
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
* [http://www.ilga.gov/senate/Senator.asp?GA=96&MemberID=1491 Biography from the Illinois General Assembly]
+
{{submit a leg link}}
* [http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=33626 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
+
* [http://www.garyforby.com/ Campaign website]
* Campaign Contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=98672 2008], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=81793 2006], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=63166 2004], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=3804 2002], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=30421 2000]
+
* [http://www.ilga.gov/senate/Senator.asp?GA=97&MemberID=1698 Biography, bills and committees] at the Illinois General Assembly
* [http://www.garyforby.com/ Sen. Forby's website]
+
{{LegisLinks | votesmart = 33626 | c-span = | followthemoney = | worldcat = | fb = | twitter =  | youtube = | linked =  | nndb = | wikipedia = Gary_Forby }}
* [http://www.statesurge.com/members/288-gary-forby-illinois Sen. Forby on State Surge]
+
*Campaign contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=142838 2012], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=116929 2010], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=98672 2008], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=81793 2006], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=63166 2004], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=3804 2002], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=30421 2000]
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
 
{{reflist}}
 
{{reflist}}
  
Line 122: Line 416:
 
{{Illinois}}
 
{{Illinois}}
  
[[Category:Illinois State Senate]]
+
[[Category:Current member, Illinois State Senate]]
 
{{senelec|2002}}
 
{{senelec|2002}}
 +
[[Category:Illinois]]
 +
[[Category:Democratic Party]]
 +
{{Slpcandidate|Year=2012|Status=incumbent|Chamber=State Senate|Primary=W|General=W|Open=}}

Revision as of 10:42, 18 July 2013

Gary Forby
Gary Forby.jpg
Illinois State Senate District 59
Incumbent
In office
2003 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2017
Years in position 11
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Appointed2003
Term limitsN/A
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 4, 1945
Place of birthAnna, Illinois
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Gary Forby is a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 59. He was first appointed to the chamber in 2003. He previously served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 2001 to 2003.

Forby's professional experience includes working as an excavating contractor and farmer.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Committee of the Whole
Labor and Commerce, Chair
Licensed Activities and Pensions

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Forby's campaign website lists the following issues:[2]

  • Putting Southern Illinois Back to Work
Excerpt: "Gary Forby has worked to balance the budget and improve the region’s economy by revitalizing the Southern Illinois coal industry. ...He continues that same pledge this year by fighting to keep open Tamms Correctional Center, which is facing the chance of closure under the Governor’s budget proposal."
  • Bringing Money Back to Southern Illinois
Excerpt: "Gary Forby has worked closely with local mayors to bring taxpayer money back to communities in our District. He helped secure millions of dollars in state grants to replace water lines in Herrin, Benton, Carmi, Pope County, Shawneetown and Zeigler."
  • Protecting Southern Illinois Values
Excerpt: "Gary Forby continues to lead the effort to bring concealed carry to Illinois, which would allow properly trained, law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons and defend themselves, and he fought to keep the names of FOID card holders private to ensure their safety."

Concealed carry

From State House News:

In May 2011, Gov. Pat Quinn announced that he would veto the concealed carry bill on which the Illinois Legislature had voted, if it landed on his desk. The bill would allow Illinois residents to carry concealed firearms in public.

That threat held little water because the bill had a lot of support and might win through a supermajority (71 votes in the House and 36 votes in the Senate) of votes from both chambers.

Rep. Brandon W. Phelps said he was trying to find enough support in the House to move the plan over to the Senate. Phelps said he wanted to call House Bill 148 for a vote on May 5, regardless of Quinn's opposition.

"I just think that (Quinn) is wrong," Phelps said. "And you agree to disagree. Sometimes people within your own party disagree with what they say. And I totally disagree with him today."

Under HB 148, Illinois residents 21 and older could apply for permits to carry concealed firearms in public, except for places like schools, churches and inside state government buildings. Applicants would need to pass a written exam, firearms training exercises and background checks.

"About two-thirds of the citizens of our state are steadfastly and strongly opposed to allow private citizens to carry loaded, concealed handguns in public places," Quinn said.

Sen. Gary Forby said the opponents of concealed carry mostly live in and around Chicago and that people downstate, and in other states, support the idea.

"I think all we are doing now, we are really helping the state of Illinois with what they got to do to get a license and stuff," Forby said. "So all you are going to do is put guns in peoples' good hands."

Quinn said the plan may lead to more violence.

"I don't think that's healthy, if you are going to the grocery store," Quinn said. "You bump into somebody accidentally, and they take offense, they can pull out a loaded, concealed handgun to assuage their anger."

Sen. Larry Bomke said the plan would deter violence, because potential burglars would less likely rob homeowners with guns.

"I can only hope that he changes his mind once the bill gets to his desk," Bomke said. "And I feel fairly confident it will. But it will be important that we have enough votes, a supermajority, to override his decision if he chooses to veto the bill."

Rep. Jason Barickman said lawmakers have been working carefully to craft the plan.

“At the end of the day, we certainly would appreciate the governor's support,” Barickman said. “But with him making it clear that he opposes this right, this constitutional right, this right that a mass number of people support. I think that we just have to continue lining up our legislative votes and push forward."

Rep. Norine Hammond hopes that's enough support.

“A lot of people have worked on this very hard — lots of law enforcement input,” she said. “I think it is a very strong bill. And hopefully we could get it passed," she said.

In the end though, Rep. Richard Morthland said it won’t matter what the governor chooses to do with the legislation if there are enough votes.

"There is a last minute roll call being taken just trying to figure out where people are, and how we are doing, and do we have exactly the number of votes we need, how close are we,“ Morthland said. “I think it looks good. Hopefully we will be able to move it this week."[3]

Elections

2012

See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Forby won election in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 59. Forby defeated Fred Kondritz in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012 and defeated Mark Minor (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6][7]

Illinois State Senate, District 59, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGary Forby Incumbent 59.1% 55,502
     Republican Mark Minor 40.9% 38,435
Total Votes 93,937


Illinois State Senate, District 59 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGary Forby Incumbent 77.7% 12,700
Fred Kondritz 22.3% 3,636
Total Votes 16,336

2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat Gary Forby won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 59 receiving 49,552 votes, ahead of Republican Ken Burzynski (46,727 votes).[8]

Illinois State Senate, District 59 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gary Forby (D) 49,552
Ken Burzynski (R) 46,727

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Forby is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Forby raised a total of $5,527,119 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 18, 2013.[9]

Gary Forby's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State Senate, District 59 Won $1,215,281
2010 Illinois State Senate, District 59 Not up for election $230,833
2008 Illinois State Senate, District 59 Won $1,395,610
2006 Illinois State Senate, District 59 Not up for election $224,347
2004 Illinois State Senate, District 59 Won $1,449,655
2002 Illinois State House, District 117 Won $256,084
2000 Illinois State House, District 117 Won $755,309
Grand Total Raised $5,527,119

2012

Forby won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Forby raised a total of $1,215,281.
Illinois State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Gary Forby's campaign in 2012
Illinois Democratic Party$208,552
Illinois Laborers$85,260
Illinois Senate Democratic Fund$84,895
Illinois Education Association$60,000
Illinois Federation of Teachers$58,019
Total Raised in 2012$1,215,281
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Forby was not up for election to the Illinois State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Forby raised a total of $230,833.

2008

Forby won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Forby raised a total of $1,395,610.

2006

Forby was not up for election to the Illinois State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Forby raised a total of $224,347.

2004

Forby won election to the Illinois State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Forby raised a total of $1,449,655.

2002

Forby won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Forby raised a total of $256,084.

2000

Forby won election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Forby raised a total of $755,309.

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."[10][11]

2012

Forby received a score of 62.50 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of C- according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the 24th highest among all 59 members of the Illinois State Senate included in the Vote Card.[11]

Personal

Forbes and his wife, Angie, have four children.

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term Gary + Forby + Illinois + Senate

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

Gary Forby News Feed

  • Loading...

External links

BP-Initials-UPDATED.png
Suggest a link

References

Political offices
Preceded by
'
Illinois Senate District 59
2003–present
Succeeded by
NA