Heather Steans

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Heather Steans
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Illinois State Senate District 7
Incumbent
In office
February 2008 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2017
Years in position 6
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$132/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
AppointedFebruary 2008
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sPrinceton University
Master'sHarvard University
Personal
BirthdayMay 8, 1963
Place of birthLake Forest, Illinois
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
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

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

[2].

Issues

Medicaid

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]

Elections

2012

See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

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

Illinois State Senate, District 7, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHeather Steans Incumbent 100% 67,690
Total Votes 67,690

2010

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.[7]

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.[8]

2008

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).[9]


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

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

In 2010, Steans received $412,161 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[10]

Illinois State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Heather Steans's campaign in 2010
Steans, Heather$65,809
Illinois Fairness Fund$13,598
Smith, Leo A$12,000
Illinois Education Association$8,000
Gail, Leonard$7,200
Total Raised in 2010 $412,161

2008

In 2008, Steans collected $322,596 in donations.[11]

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

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."[12][13]

2012

Steans received a score of 28.57 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of F according to the IOP’s grading scale. Her score was tied for the 45th highest among all 59 members of the Illinois State Senate included in the Vote Card.[13]

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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[14].

Personal

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

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