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Illinois House of Representatives

Seal of Illinois.png
General Information
Type:   Lower house
Term limits:   None
2015 session start:   January 9, 2013
Website:   Official House Page
House Speaker:  Michael Madigan, (D)
Majority Leader:   Barbara Flynn Currie, (D)
Minority Leader:   Tom Cross, (R)
Members:  118
   Democratic Party (71)
Republican Party (47)
Length of term:   2 years
Authority:   Art IV, Illinois Constitution
Salary:   $67,836/year + per diem
Last Election:  November 6, 2012 (118 seats)
Next election:  November 4, 2014 (118 seats)
Redistricting:  General Assembly First Draws, Commission Acts as Back-Up.
The Illinois House of Representatives is the lower house of the Illinois General Assembly, the state legislature of Illinois. The body was created by the first Illinois Constitution adopted in 1818. The state House of Representatives is made of 118 representatives elected from individual legislative districts for a two-year term with no limits. In contrast, the Illinois State Senate is made of 59 senators with staggered two- or four-year terms. Each member represents an average of 105,248 residents, as of the 2000 Census.[1]

Illinois Ballot Question 1 in 1980 altered Section 1 of Article IV of the Illinois Constitution to reduce the number of members of the Illinois House of Representatives from 177 members to 118 members beginning with the elections in 1982.

As of May 2015, Illinois is one of 7 Democratic state government trifectas.


Article IV of the Illinois Constitution establishes when the Illinois General Assembly, of which the House is a part, is to be in session. Section 5 of Article IV states that the General Assembly will convene its regular session on the second Wednesday of January.

Section 5 also creates rules for the convening of special sessions. The section allows the Governor of Illinois to convene the General Assembly or the Senate alone. When the Governor calls a special session, the General Assembly can generally only deal with matters related to the purpose of the session, as stated by the Governor's proclamation of the session, but they can also deal with impeachments or confirmation of appointments. Section 5 also allows the presiding officers of both houses of the General Assembly to convene a special session through joint proclamation.


See also: Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions

In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 9 through May 31.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2013 legislative session included regulation of horizontal hydraulic fracturing, concealed carry, same-sex marriage, and pension reform.[2][3][4][5]


See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions

In 2012, the House was in session from January 11, meeting throughout the year.


See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions

In 2011, the House was in session from January 12-June 1. A special session has been called by Governor Pat Quinn to settle disputes regarding Illinois construction projects. The session is slated to begin June 22, 2011.[6]


See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions

In 2010, the House was in regular session from January 13th to May 7th.

Ethics and transparency

See also: Open States' Legislative Data Report Card

The Sunlight Foundation released an "Open Legislative Data Report Card" in March 2013. Illinois was given a grade of C in the report. The report card evaluated how adequate, complete and accessible legislative data was to the general public. A total of 10 states received an A: Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington.[7]



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Illinois House of Representatives were held in Illinois on November 6, 2012. All 118 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 5, 2011. Petitions can be circulated starting on September 6, 2011.[8] The primary election day was March 20, 2012.

The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6 general election.


See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Illinois State House were held in Illinois on November 2, 2010. House seats in all 118 districts are up for election in 2010.

The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was November 2, 2009, and the primary election day was February 2, 2010.

In 2010, the total amount of contributions raised in state house elections was $50,734,623. The top 10 contributors were: [9]


Article IV of the Illinois Constitution states: To be eligible to serve as a member of the General Assembly, a person must be a United States citizen, at least 21 years old, and for the two years preceding his election or appointment a resident of the district which he is to represent.


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
How Vacancies are filled in State Legislatures
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Whenever there is a vacancy in the House, the state constitution mandates that the seat must be filled by appointment when allowed by law. The appointment must be made within 30 days after the vacancy. All vacancies must be filled by a member of the same political party that last held the seat[10].

The vacancy must be filled by the respective party organizations covering the vacant seat[11]. The respective committeemen and committeewomen from the party organization representing the vacant district must vote on a replacement[12]. The person selected to the seat serves for the remainder of the unfilled term.


See also: Redistricting in Illinois

The Illinois General Assembly is responsible for redistricting. If the General Assembly fails to meet the deadlines to have a redistricting plan in place, an 8 member back-up commission is used. Illinois is one of a few states to enact a hybrid method of redistricting.

2010 census

Illinois received its 2010 local census data on February 14, 2011. The state population increased from about 12.4 million to 12.8 million residents, a 3.3 percent growth.[13] The state's Latino population grew by 33% from 2000 to 2010, reaching 2 million. Meanwhile, non-Latino population declined by 0.8%.[14]

2011 was the first time under the current state Constitution that one party -- namely the Democrats -- controlled the state House, Senate and governorship during redistricting. A number of Republicans expressed concern that Democrats would draw partisan maps to serve their own interests.[15]

Democrats released proposed maps of the 118 House districts on May 20, but initially offered few details. Democrats defended the new maps while being criticized from nearly all sides. Lack of data and the time to digest it angered transparency advocates, while Republicans were unhappy that the new districts would position over a dozen Republican incumbents against one another. Democrats were also criticized for creating a number of snaking districts that begin in Chicago and wind their way out into the suburbs.[16]

Republicans released their counter-proposal on May 26, saying their map was fairer than the Democrats.[17] The Democrats plan passed the House 64-52.[18] Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill on June 3,[19] [20] but GOP leaders filed a federal lawsuit on July 21 alleging the legislative maps unfairly targeted Republicans and discriminated against African-Americans and Hispanics. It was ultimately dismissed.[21]



See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Illinois House of Representatives are paid $67,836/year. Additionally, legislators receive $111/day per diem.[22]

When sworn in

See also: When state legislators assume office after a general election

Illinois legislators assume office the second Wednesday in January.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state houses
Party As of May 2015
     Democratic Party 71
     Republican Party 47
Total 118

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Illinois State House of Representatives from 1992-2013.
Partisan composition of the Illinois State House.PNG


The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body and is elected by its full membership. Duties of the Speaker include preserving order and decorum, deciding all points of order, signing all bills and acts of the House, and appointing all chairs, co-chairs, and vice chairs of committees, as well as appointing all majority caucus members of committees. The Minority Leader appoints all minority caucus members to committees.[23][24]

Current leadership

Current Leadership, Illinois House of Representatives
Office Representative Party
State Speaker of the House Michael Madigan Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Deputy Majority Leader Frank J. Mautino Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Majority Leader Edward Acevedo Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Majority Leader Daniel J. Burke Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Majority Leader Sara Feigenholtz Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Majority Leader Charles E. Jefferson Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Majority Leader Al Riley Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Majority Leader Arthur Turner Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Conference Chairman Vacant Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Minority Leader Tom Cross Ends.png Republican
State House Deputy Minority Leader David R. Leitch Ends.png Republican
State House Deputy Minority Leader Timothy L. Schmitz Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Minority Leader Patricia R. Bellock Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Minority Leader Dan Brady Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Minority Leader Jim Durkin Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Minority Leader Renee Kosel Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Minority Leader Bill Mitchell Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Minority Leader JoAnn D. Osmond Ends.png Republican
Republican Caucus Chairman Mike Bost Ends.png Republican

Current members

Current members, Illinois House of Representatives
District Representative Party Assumed office
1 Daniel Burke Electiondot.png Democratic 1991
2 Edward J. Acevedo Electiondot.png Democratic 1997
3 Luis Arroyo Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
4 Cynthia Soto Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
5 Kenneth Dunkin Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
6 Esther Golar Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
7 Chris Welch Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
8 LaShawn Ford Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
9 Arthur Turner II Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
10 Derrick Smith Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
11 Ann M. Williams Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
12 Sara Feigenholtz Electiondot.png Democratic 1995
13 Greg Harris Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
14 Kelly Cassidy Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
15 John D'Amico Electiondot.png Democratic 2005
16 Lou Lang Electiondot.png Democratic 1987
17 Laura Fine Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
18 Robyn Gabel Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
19 Robert F. Martwick, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
20 Michael P. McAuliffe Ends.png Republican 1997
21 Silvana Tabares Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
22 Michael J. Madigan Electiondot.png Democratic 1971
23 Michael Zalewski Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
24 Elizabeth Hernandez Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
25 Barbara Flynn Currie Electiondot.png Democratic 1979
26 Christian Mitchell Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
27 Monique D. Davis Electiondot.png Democratic 1987
28 Robert Rita Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
29 Thaddeus Jones Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
30 William Davis Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
31 Mary E. Flowers Electiondot.png Democratic 1985
32 Andre Thapedi Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
33 Marcus Evans Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
34 Elgie Sims Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
35 Frances Ann Hurley Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
36 Kelly M. Burke Electiondot.png Democratic 2001
37 Renee Kosel Ends.png Republican 1997
38 Al Riley Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
39 Maria Antonia Berrios Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
40 Deb Mell Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
41 Darlene Senger Ends.png Republican 2009
42 Jeanne M. Ives Ends.png Republican 2013
43 Keith Farnham Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
44 Fred Crespo Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
45 Dennis Reboletti Ends.png Republican 2007
46 Deborah O'Keefe Conroy Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
47 Patricia R. Bellock Ends.png Republican 1999
48 Sandra M. Pihos Ends.png Republican 2003
49 Mike Fortner Ends.png Republican 2007
50 Kay Hatcher Ends.png Republican 2009
51 Ed Sullivan, Jr. Ends.png Republican 2003
52 David McSweeney Ends.png Republican 2013
53 David Harris Ends.png Republican 2011
54 Thomas R. Morrison Ends.png Republican 2011
55 Martin J. Moylan Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
56 Michelle Mussman Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
57 Elaine Nekritz Electiondot.png Democratic 2001
58 Scott Drury Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
59 Carol Sente Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
60 Rita Mayfield Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
61 JoAnn D. Osmond Ends.png Republican 2003
62 Sam Yingling Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
63 Jack D. Franks Electiondot.png Democratic 1999
64 Barbara Wheeler Ends.png Republican 2013
65 Timothy L. Schmitz Ends.png Republican 1999
66 Michael W. Tryon Ends.png Republican 2005
67 Charles E. Jefferson Electiondot.png Democratic 2001
68 John M. Cabello Ends.png Republican 2012
69 Joe Sosnowski Ends.png Republican 2011
70 Robert W. Pritchard Ends.png Republican 2003
71 Mike Smiddy Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
72 Patrick J. Verschoore Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
73 David R. Leitch Ends.png Republican 1989
74 Donald L. Moffitt Ends.png Republican 1993
75 Pam Roth Ends.png Republican 2011
76 Frank J. Mautino Electiondot.png Democratic 1991
77 Kathleen Willis Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
78 Camille Y. Lilly Electiondot.png Democratic 2010
79 Katherine Cloonen Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
80 Anthony DeLuca Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
81 Ron Sandack Ends.png Republican 2013
82 Jim Durkin Ends.png Republican 2006
83 Linda Chapa LaVia Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
84 Stephanie Kifowit Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
85 Emily McAsey Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
86 Lawrence Walsh Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
87 Rich Brauer Ends.png Republican 2003
88 Keith Sommer Ends.png Republican 1999
89 Jim Sacia Ends.png Republican 2003
90 Tom Demmer Ends.png Republican 2013
91 Michael D. Unes Ends.png Republican 2011
92 Jehan Gordon-Booth Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
93 Norine Hammond Ends.png Republican 2010
94 Jil Tracy Ends.png Republican 2006
95 Wayne Arthur Rosenthal Ends.png Republican 2011
96 Sue Scherer Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
97 Tom Cross Ends.png Republican 1993
98 Natalie Manley Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
99 Raymond Poe Ends.png Republican 1995
100 C.D. Davidsmeyer Ends.png Republican 2012
101 Bill Mitchell Ends.png Republican 1999
102 Adam M. Brown Ends.png Republican 2011
103 Naomi D. Jakobsson Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
104 Chad D. Hays Ends.png Republican 2011
105 Dan Brady Ends.png Republican 2001
106 Josh Harms Ends.png Republican 2013
107 John Cavaletto Ends.png Republican 2009
108 Charles E. Meier Ends.png Republican 2013
109 David Reis Ends.png Republican 2005
110 Brad Halbrook Ends.png Republican 2012
111 Daniel V. Beiser Electiondot.png Democratic 2004
112 Dwight D. Kay Ends.png Republican 2011
113 Jay Hoffman Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
114 Eddie Lee Jackson Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
115 Mike Bost Ends.png Republican 1995
116 Jerry Costello Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
117 John E. Bradley Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
118 Brandon W. Phelps Electiondot.png Democratic 2003

Standing committees

The Illinois House has 45 standing committees for the 2011-2012 session.[25]


Partisan balance 1992-2013

Who Runs the States Project
See also: Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States and Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Illinois
Partisan breakdown of the Illinois legislature from 1992-2013

From 1992-2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the Illinois State House of Representatives for 20 years while the Republicans were the majority for 2 years. The Illinois State House of Representatives is one of 18 state Houses that was Democratic for more than 80 percent of the years between 1992-2013. During the final 11 years of the study, Illinois was under Democratic trifectas.

Across the country, there were 577 Democratic and 483 Republican State Houses of Representatives from 1992 to 2013.

Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of Illinois, the Illinois State Senate and the Illinois House of Representatives from 1992-2013. Partisan composition of Illinois state government(1992-2013).PNG

External links


  1. Population in 2000 of the American states
  2. Chicago Sun-Times, "Lame-duck session ends with no pension reform," January 8, 2013
  3. mymoinfo.com, "MAY 31, 2013 ILLINOIS LEGISLATORS PASS OIL FRACKING BILL", May 31, 2013
  4. [http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/01/illinois-passes-bill-to-allow-concealed-firearms-last-us-state-to-have-such-ban/ foxnews.com, " Illinois passes bill to allow concealed firearms; last U.S. state to have such a ban", June 1, 2013]
  5. npr.org, "Will Ill. Legalize Gay Marriage Before Legislature Adjourns?", May 30, 2013
  6. ABC.com, General Assembly to hold special session next week, June 15, 2011
  7. Sunlight Foundation, "Ten Principles for Opening Up Government Information," accessed June 16, 2013
  8. Confirmed via email with Illinois Board of Elections, February 28, 2011
  9. Follow the Money: "Illinois House 2010 Campaign Contributions"
  10. Illinois General Assembly "Illinois Constitution"(Referenced Section Article IV, Section 2(d))
  11. Illinois General Assembly "Illinois Election Code"(Referenced Statute 10 ILCS 5/25 6 (a), (c))
  12. Illinois General Assembly "Illinois Election Code"(Referenced Statute 10 ILCS 5/25 6 (d))
  13. The Daily Journal "Census: Cook County losses slow Illinois population growth ," February 15, 2011
  14. PR-USA.net, "Latinos Fuel Illinois Population Growth," February 17, 2011
  15. Illinois Statehouse News, "Minorities could have more influence in new political map," March 7, 2011
  16. Chicago Tribune, "Democrats defend House redistricting plan," May 22, 2011
  17. Quad-City Times, "Republicans unveil their own redistricting plan," May 26, 2011
  18. Chicago Tribune, "Senate Dems send new legislative map to governor," May 27, 2011
  19. The News-Gazette, "Map awaits Quinn's signature, may face Republican court challenge," May 29, 2011
  20. My FOX Chicago, "Gov. Pat Quinn Signs Off on New Illinois Legislative Maps," June 3, 2011
  21. Chicago Tribune, "Assembly GOP leaders sue over Democrats' redistricting map," July 21, 2011
  22. NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
  23. Rules of the House of the Illinois 9gth General Assembly
  24. Illinois Republican House Leaders
  25. Illinois General Assembly, "House Committees," accessed March 21, 2011