Heather Steans

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Heather Steans
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Illinois State Senate District 7
In office
February 2008 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2013
Years in position 7
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$132/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
AppointedFebruary 2008
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sPrinceton University
Master'sHarvard University
Date of birthMay 8, 1963
Place of birthLake Forest, Illinois
Office website
Personal website
Heather Steans is a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate. Steans was first appointed to the 7th District Senate seat in February of 2008[1]. Steans was re-elected in November of 2010 with her term expiring in 2015.

Steans graduated with her Bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

Steans is a full-time Senator. Before becoming a Senator, Steans was the Strategic Planning Director for Chicago Public Schools and the former Budget Director for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Steans has been appointed to these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Steans served on these committees:




The Illinois Senate approved a Medicaid measure projected to save $800 million during the next five years.

House Bill 5420 would move half of the state’s 2.8 million Medicaid participants into “coordinated” or managed care between 2011 and 2015. This is a far stretch from the 195,000 participants who now are assigned to a primary “medical home.”

Lawmakers had to tighten the $14 billion state-federal health care system in December and were still hashing out the details in early January 2011.

“This is probably not a bill that any one of us on this committee would write. But that’s the nature of compromise,” said Steans. “I think where we are and what we’re going to see, though, is something that really does put the state and our Medicaid system in a much better place down the line.”

In 2014, low-income single adults will be eligible to enroll for the federal option, so all states are slated with the task of working out their end of the details. State Sen. Dale Righter said the proposal will return the “struggling” program to a safety net for the poor, instead of a catch-all for the potentially ineligible.

“It’s struggling for the people who need it the worst,” he said. “We’re talking about the people who are on the lowest rungs of the economic ladder, the people for whom access is a truly critical issue. The people who aren’t mobile. People who can’t drive two hours and take a day off because it’s not a big deal to make sure that their child can get to a medical provider.”[3]



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Steans ran for re-election to the 7th District seat in the Illinois State Senate in 2012. She was unopposed in the Democratic Primary on March 20[4][5] and was unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.


See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2010

Steans won re-election to the 7th District Seat in the Illinois State Senate against Democrat Adam Robinson. The election took place on November 2, 2010.[6]

Illinois State Senate, District 7 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Heather Steans (D) 41,214 83.69%
Adam Robinson (R) 8,030 16.31%

Steans was challenged by Jim Madigan in the Democratic primary election on February 2nd.[7]


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Heather Steans won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 7 receiving 55,457 votes, ahead of Tom Durkin (13,190 votes).[8]

Illinois State Senate, District 7 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Heather Steans (D) 55,457
Tom Durkin (G) 13,190

Campaign donors


In 2010, Steans received $412,161 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[9]


In 2008, Steans collected $322,596 in donations.[10]

Listed below are those that contributed most to her campaign.

Donor Amount
Heather A. Steans $41,750
Leonard Gail $4,600
Robin Steans $4,600
Thomas Hunter III $4,600
Jennifer W. Steans $4,600
Lois Steans $4,600
Harrison Steans $4,600
Morris Kaplan $4,600
Richard Giesen $4,000
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association $4,000
Norman R. Bobins $3,300
Harrington Bischof $3,300
Donald G. Lubin $3,300
James W. Mabie $3,300
Joseph Ernsteen $3,300
John Willis $3,300
Ed Kaplan $3,000
Bruce Simon $3,000
Illinois Education Association $2,500
Mark S. Hersh $2,500

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District 7

Steans represents Illinois Senate District 7. District 7 includes in the Chicago North Shore area in the City of Chicago and in the suburbs[11].


Heather is married to Leo Smith. They have three children and reside in Lake Forest, Illinois.

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Illinois Senate District 7
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