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|Type = [[Upper house]]
 
|Type = [[Upper house]]
 
|Term limit = [[State legislatures with term limits|None]]
 
|Term limit = [[State legislatures with term limits|None]]
|Next session = [[Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions|January 11, 2012]]
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|Next session = [[Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions|January 9, 2013]]
 
|Website = [http://www.ilga.gov/ Official Senate Page]
 
|Website = [http://www.ilga.gov/ Official Senate Page]
 
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|Salary = [[Comparison of state legislative salaries|$67,836/year]] + per diem
 
|Salary = [[Comparison of state legislative salaries|$67,836/year]] + per diem
 
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|Next election = [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]] (59 seats)
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|Next election = [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
|Last election = [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2010|November 2, 2010]] (21 seats)
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|Last election = [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]] (59 seats)
 
|Redistricting = [[Redistricting in Illinois|Illinois General Assembly]]
 
|Redistricting = [[Redistricting in Illinois|Illinois General Assembly]]
 
|Building = Illinois State Senate Chamber.jpg
 
|Building = Illinois State Senate Chamber.jpg
 
}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Illlinois State Senate''' is the [[upper house]] of the [[Illinois General Assembly]], the legislative branch of the government of the state of [[Illinois]]. The body was created by the first [[state constitution]] adopted in 1818. The Illinois Senate is made up of 59 senators elected from individual legislative districts determined by population. Under the [[Illinois Constitution]] of 1970, senators are divided into three groups, each group having a [[Length of terms of state senators|two-year term]] at a different part of the decade between censuses, with the rest of the decade being taken up by two four-year terms.<ref>[http://www.ilga.gov/commission/lrb/con4.htm Article IV of the Illinois Constitution (Section 2a describes term length for senators)]</ref> Depending on the election year, roughly ⅓, ⅔, or all of the senate seats may have terms ending. In contrast, the [[Illinois House of Representatives]] is made of 118 members with its entire membership elected to two-year terms. House districts are formed by dividing each Senate district in half.  The Senate meets at the State Capitol in [[Sunshinereview:Springfield, Illinois|Springfield]] Each member represents an average of [[Population represented by state legislators| 217,468 residents]], as of the 2010 Census.<ref>[http://2010.census.gov/news/pdf/apport2010_table4.pdf Population in 2010 of the American states]</ref> After the 2000 Census, each member represented [[Population represented by state legislators| 210,496 residents]].<ref>[http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t2/tables/tab01.pdf Population in 2000 of the American states]</ref>
 
}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Illlinois State Senate''' is the [[upper house]] of the [[Illinois General Assembly]], the legislative branch of the government of the state of [[Illinois]]. The body was created by the first [[state constitution]] adopted in 1818. The Illinois Senate is made up of 59 senators elected from individual legislative districts determined by population. Under the [[Illinois Constitution]] of 1970, senators are divided into three groups, each group having a [[Length of terms of state senators|two-year term]] at a different part of the decade between censuses, with the rest of the decade being taken up by two four-year terms.<ref>[http://www.ilga.gov/commission/lrb/con4.htm Article IV of the Illinois Constitution (Section 2a describes term length for senators)]</ref> Depending on the election year, roughly ⅓, ⅔, or all of the senate seats may have terms ending. In contrast, the [[Illinois House of Representatives]] is made of 118 members with its entire membership elected to two-year terms. House districts are formed by dividing each Senate district in half.  The Senate meets at the State Capitol in [[Sunshinereview:Springfield, Illinois|Springfield]] Each member represents an average of [[Population represented by state legislators| 217,468 residents]], as of the 2010 Census.<ref>[http://2010.census.gov/news/pdf/apport2010_table4.pdf Population in 2010 of the American states]</ref> After the 2000 Census, each member represented [[Population represented by state legislators| 210,496 residents]].<ref>[http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t2/tables/tab01.pdf Population in 2000 of the American states]</ref>
  
In 2012, the Senate is [[Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions|in session]] from January 11, meeting throughout the year.
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{{State trifecta status|state=Illinois|control=Democratic}}
 
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==Sessions==
 
==Sessions==
 
[[Article IV, Illinois Constitution| Article IV of the Illinois Constitution]] establishes when the [[Illinois General Assembly]], of which the Senate 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.   
 
[[Article IV, Illinois Constitution| Article IV of the Illinois Constitution]] establishes when the [[Illinois General Assembly]], of which the Senate 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.
 
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.
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===2013===
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::''See also: [[Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions]]''
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In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 9 through May 31.
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====Major issues====
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Major issues during the 2013 legislative session included regulation of horizontal hydraulic fracturing, concealed carry, same-sex marriage, and pension reform.<ref>[http://www.suntimes.com/news/17467879-418/lame-duck-session-ends-with-no-pension-reform.html ''Chicago Sun-Times,'' "Lame-duck session ends with no pension reform," January 8, 2013] </ref><ref>[http://www.mymoinfo.com/pages/16486200.php?contentType=4&contentId=13154692 ''mymoinfo.com'', "MAY 31, 2013 ILLINOIS LEGISLATORS PASS OIL FRACKING BILL", May 31, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/01/illinois-passes-bill-to-allow-concealed-firearms-last-us-state-to-have-such-ban/ ''foxnews.com'', "
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Illinois passes bill to allow concealed firearms; last U.S. state to have such a ban", June 1, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.npr.org/2013/05/30/187312881/gay-marriage-supporters-face-tough-fight-in-blue-illinois ''npr.org'', "Will Ill. Legalize Gay Marriage Before Legislature Adjourns?", May 30, 2013]</ref>
  
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
 
::''See also: [[Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions]]''
 
::''See also: [[Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions]]''
In 2012, the Senate is in session from January 11, meeting throughout the year.
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In 2012, the Senate was in session from January 11, meeting throughout the year.
====Major issues====
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[[Illinois Governor|Governor]] [[Pat Quinn]] (D) and all four legislative leaders say reforming the state's public employee pension system will be a top priority in 2012. Legislators are also expected to address gambling expansion.<ref>[http://illinoisissuesblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/push-for-pension-changes-grows-but.html ''Illinois Issues,'' "Push for pension changes grows, but players are far from agreement," January 12, 2012]</ref>
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===2011===
 
===2011===
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In 2010, the Senate was in regular session from January 13th to May 7th.
 
In 2010, the Senate was in regular session from January 13th to May 7th.
  
==Elections==
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==Ethics and transparency==
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===Open States Transparency===
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{{Transparency card|State=Illinois|Grade=C}}
  
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==Elections==
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
 
 
:: ''See also: [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012]]
 
:: ''See also: [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012]]
  
Elections for the office of Illinois' state senators will be held in [[Illinois]] on [[State legislative elections, 2010|November 6, 2012]]. The [[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 state legislative elections | primary date]] will be March 20, 2012.
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Elections for the office of Illinois' state senators were held in [[Illinois]] on [[State legislative elections, 2010|November 6, 2012]]. The [[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 state legislative elections | primary date]] was March 20, 2012.
  
The filing period will be from November 28, 2011 through December 5, 2011. Petitions can be circulated starting on September 6, 2011.<ref>Confirmed via email with Illinois Board of Elections, February 28, 2011</ref>
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The filing period was from November 28, 2011 through December 5, 2011. Petitions could be circulated starting on September 6, 2011.<ref>Confirmed via email with Illinois Board of Elections, February 28, 2011</ref>
  
All '''59 seats''' will be up for election, as the election is the first following [[Redistricting in Illinois|redistricting]].
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All '''59 seats''' were up for election, as the election is the first following [[Redistricting in Illinois|redistricting]].
  
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The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6 general election.
  
===2010===
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{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:650px;collapsible=Y;"
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|-
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! colspan="5" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''2012 Margin of Victory, Illinois State Senate
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|-
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |District
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Winner
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Margin of Victory
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Total Votes
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Top Opponent
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|-
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| Illinois State Senate, District 23, General Election ||{{bluedot}} [[Tom Cullerton]]||2.4%||79,749||[[Carole Pankau]]
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| Illinois State Senate, District 31, General Election ||{{bluedot}} [[Melinda Bush]]||2.7%||82,823||[[Joe Neal]]
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| Illinois State Senate, District 49, General Election ||{{bluedot}} [[Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant]]||6.5%||85,442||[[Garrett Peck]]
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| Illinois State Senate, District 38, General Election ||{{reddot}} [[Sue Rezin]]||7.6%||88,950||[[Christine Benson]]
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| Illinois State Senate, District 46, General Election ||{{bluedot}} [[David Koehler]]||8.4%||83,158||[[Pat Sullivan]]
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| Illinois State Senate, District 29, General Election ||{{bluedot}} [[Julie Morrison]]||8.8%||85,760||[[Arie Friedman]]
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| Illinois State Senate, District 36, General Election ||{{bluedot}} [[Mike Jacobs]]||9.6%||93,188||[[Bill Albracht]]
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| Illinois State Senate, District 48, General Election ||{{bluedot}} [[Andy Manar]]||10.6%||85,590||[[Mike McElroy]]
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| Illinois State Senate, District 47, General Election ||{{bluedot}} [[John Sullivan]]||12.7%||91,017||[[Randy Frese]]
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| Illinois State Senate, District 28, General Election ||{{bluedot}} [[Daniel Kotowski]]||14.6%||79,691||[[Jim O'Donnell]]
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|}
  
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===2010===
 
:: ''See also: [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2010]]
 
:: ''See also: [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2010]]
  
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In 2010, the total amount of contributions raised in state senate campaigns was $19,051,437.  The top 10 donors were: <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=IL&y=2010&f=S ''Follow the Money'': "Illinois Senate 2010 Campaign Contributions]</ref>
 
In 2010, the total amount of contributions raised in state senate campaigns was $19,051,437.  The top 10 donors were: <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=IL&y=2010&f=S ''Follow the Money'': "Illinois Senate 2010 Campaign Contributions]</ref>
  
{{legislative donor box}}
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{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:450px;collapsible=Y;"
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! colspan="2" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''2010 Donors, Illinois State Senate
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|-
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Donor
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Amount
 
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| Illinois Senate Democratic Fund
 
| Illinois Senate Democratic Fund
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|}
  
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===2008===
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: ''See also: [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2008]]''
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Elections for the office of Illinois State Senate consisted of a primary election on February 5, 2008, and a general election on November 4, 2008.
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During the 2008 election, the total contributions to Senate candidates was $30,470,315. The top 10 contributors were:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=IL&y=2008&f=S ''Follow the Money'', "Illinois 2008 Candidates," Accessed July 18, 2013]</ref>
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{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:450px;collapsible=Y;"
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|-
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! colspan="3" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''2008 Donors, Illinois State Senate
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|-
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Donor
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Amount
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|-
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| Republican State Senate Campaign Cmte of Illinois
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| Align="Right" | $2,301,102
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| Illinois Senate Democratic Fund
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| Align="Right" | $1,572,783
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| Illinois Republican Party
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| Align="Right" | $852,827
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| Illinois Education Association
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| Align="Right" | $656,321
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| Friends of Clayborne
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| Align="Right" | $501,750
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| Illinois Health Care Association
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| Align="Right" | $415,163
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|-
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| Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois
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| Align="Right" | $356,981
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|-
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| Illinois State Medical Society
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| Align="Right" | $343,516
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|-
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| AT&T
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| Align="Right" | $287,963
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| Illinois Federation of Teachers
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| Align="Right" | $264,526
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|}
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===2006===
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: ''See also: [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2006]]''
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Elections for the office of Illinois State Senate consisted of a primary election on March 21, 2006, and a general election on November 7, 2006.
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During the 2006 election, the total contributions to Senate candidates was $33,836,264. The top 10 contributors were:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=IL&y=2006&f=S ''Follow the Money'', "Illinois 2006 Candidates," Accessed July 18, 2013]</ref>
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{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:450px;collapsible=Y;"
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! colspan="3" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''2006 Donors, Illinois State Senate
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Donor
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Amount
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| Illinois Senate Democratic Fund
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| Align="Right" | $3,555,572
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| Republican State Senate Campaign Cmte
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| Align="Right" | $1,813,469
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| Illinois Republican Party
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| Align="Right" | $1,095,432
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| Illinois Education Association
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| Align="Right" | $906,460
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| Watson, Frank
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| Align="Right" | $646,334
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| Citizens for Frank Watson
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| Align="Right" | $505,865
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| Illinois State Medical Society
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| Align="Right" | $425,159
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| Illinois Federation of Teachers
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| Align="Right" | $403,876
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| AT&T
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| Align="Right" | $354,418
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| Illinois Pro-Choice
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| Align="Right" | $325,511
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|}
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===2004===
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: ''See also: [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2004]]''
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Elections for the office of Illinois State Senate consisted of a primary election on March 16, 2004, and a general election on November 2, 2004.
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During the 2004 election, the total contributions to Senate candidates was $27,180,039. The top 10 contributors were:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=IL&y=2004&f=S ''Follow the Money'', "Illinois 2004 Candidates," Accessed July 18, 2013]</ref>
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{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:450px;collapsible=Y;"
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! colspan="3" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''2004 Donors, Illinois State Senate
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Donor
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Amount
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| Illinois Senate Democratic Fund
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| Align="Right" | $3,261,028
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| Republican State Senate Campaign Cmte of Illinois
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| Align="Right" | $2,086,919
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| Illinois Education Association
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| Align="Right" | $657,415
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| Illinois State Medical Society
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| Align="Right" | $370,459
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| Illinois Federation of Teachers
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| Align="Right" | $257,559
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| Illinois Hospital & Health Systems Association
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| Align="Right" | $240,579
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| Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois
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| Align="Right" | $213,725
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| Service Employees Illinois Council
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| Align="Right" | $204,569
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| Illinois Realtors Association
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| Align="Right" | $186,706
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| Citizens for Frank Watson
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| Align="Right" | $185,786
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|}
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===2002===
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: ''See also: [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2002]]''
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Elections for the office of Illinois State Senate consisted of a primary election on March 19, 2002, and a general election on November 5, 2002.
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During the 2002 election, the total contributions to Senate candidates was $35,390,771. The top 10 contributors were:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=IL&y=2002&f=S ''Follow the Money'', "Illinois 2002 Candidates," Accessed July 18, 2013]</ref>
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{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:450px;collapsible=Y;"
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! colspan="3" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''2002 Donors, Illinois State Senate
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Donor
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Amount
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| Republican State Senate Campaign Cmte of Illinois
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| Align="Right" | $2,823,523
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| Illinois Democratic Party
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| Align="Right" | $1,661,354
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|-
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| Citizens for Emil Jones Jr
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| Align="Right" | $1,187,000
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|-
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| Illinois Education Association
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| Align="Right" | $1,073,385
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|-
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| Illinois Senate Democratic Fund
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| Align="Right" | $923,181
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|-
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| Illinois Federation of Teachers
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| Align="Right" | $305,228
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|-
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| Illinois State Medical Society
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| Align="Right" | $302,041
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|-
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| Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois
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| Align="Right" | $285,050
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| Afscme Council 31
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| Align="Right" | $283,270
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| Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
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| Align="Right" | $252,450
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|}
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===2000===
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: ''See also: [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2000]]''
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Elections for the office of Illinois State Senate consisted of a primary election on March 21, 2000, and a general election on November 7, 2000.
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During the 2000 election, the total contributions to Senate candidates was $21,381,359. The top 10 contributors were:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=IL&y=2000&f=S ''Follow the Money'', "Illinois 2000 Candidates," Accessed July 18, 2013]</ref>
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{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:450px;collapsible=Y;"
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! colspan="3" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''2000 Donors, Illinois State Senate
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Donor
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Amount
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| Illinois Democratic Party
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| Align="Right" | $1,894,672
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| Republican State Senate Campaign Cmte of Illinois
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| Align="Right" | $1,768,327
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|-
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| Illinois Education Association
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| Align="Right" | $335,602
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|-
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| Illinois Hospital & Health Systems Association
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| Align="Right" | $201,906
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|-
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| Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois
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| Align="Right" | $197,600
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|-
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| Illinois State Medical Society
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| Align="Right" | $187,800
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|-
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| Ameritech
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| Align="Right" | $174,649
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|-
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| Illinois Manufacturers Association
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| Align="Right" | $153,433
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|-
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| Kompac State Victory Fund
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| Align="Right" | $144,550
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| Illinois Federation of Teachers
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| Align="Right" | $133,422
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===Qualifications===
 
===Qualifications===
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===Salaries===
 
===Salaries===
 
 
:: ''See also: [[Comparison of state legislative salaries]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Comparison of state legislative salaries]]''
  
As of 2012, members of the Illinois House of Representatives are paid $67,836/year. Additionally, legislators receive $132/day per diem.<ref>[http://www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=22490 ''National Conference of State Legislatures'', "2011 Legislator Compensation Data"]</ref>
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As of 2013, members of the Illinois House of Representatives are paid $67,836/year. Additionally, legislators receive $111/day per diem.<ref>[http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/legisdata/2012-ncsl-legislator-compensation-data.aspx ''NCSL.org'', "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013]</ref>
 
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The $67,836/year that Illinois Representatives are paid as of 2010 is an increase over the $57,619/year they were paid during legislative sessions in 2007. Per diem has increased from $125/day in 2007 to $132/day in 2011. <ref>[http://www.empirecenter.org/html/legislative_salaries.cfm ''Empire Center'', "Legislative Salaries Per State as of 2007"]</ref>
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===When sworn in===
 
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===Leadership===
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The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Illinois State Senate from 1992-2013.<br>
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[[File:Partisan composition of the Illinois State Senate.PNG]]
  
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===Leadership===
 
====Current leadership====
 
====Current leadership====
Leadership of the 97th General Assembly:<ref>[http://www.ilga.gov/senate/97GA_Senate_Leadership.pdf ''Illinois General Assembly,'' Senate leadership," accessed March 14, 2011]</ref>
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! colspan="3" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''Current Leadership, Illinois State Senate
 
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!style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" |Office
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Office
!style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" |Representative
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Representative
!style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" |Party
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Party
 
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|[[President of the Senate]]
 
|[[President of the Senate]]
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|[[State Senate Assistant Majority Leader]]
 
|[[State Senate Assistant Majority Leader]]
|[[Antonio Munoz]]
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|[[Kimberly Lightford]]
 
|{{blue dot}}
 
|{{blue dot}}
 
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|[[State Senate Assistant Majority Leader]]
 
|[[State Senate Assistant Majority Leader]]
|[[Maggie Crotty]]
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|[[Terry Link]]
 
|{{blue dot}}
 
|{{blue dot}}
 
|-
 
|-
 
|[[State Senate Assistant Majority Leader]]
 
|[[State Senate Assistant Majority Leader]]
|[[Kimberly Lightford]]
+
|[[Antonio Munoz]]
 
|{{blue dot}}
 
|{{blue dot}}
 
|-
 
|-
 
|[[State Senate Assistant Majority Leader]]
 
|[[State Senate Assistant Majority Leader]]
|[[Jeffrey Schoenberg]]
+
|[[John Sullivan (Illinois)|John Sullivan]]
 
|{{blue dot}}
 
|{{blue dot}}
 +
|-
 
|-
 
|-
 
|[[State Senate Assistant Majority Leader]]
 
|[[State Senate Assistant Majority Leader]]
|[[John Sullivan (Illinois)|John Sullivan]]
+
|[[Donne Trotter]]
 
|{{blue dot}}
 
|{{blue dot}}
 
|-
 
|-
 
|[[State Senate Majority Caucus Leader]]
 
|[[State Senate Majority Caucus Leader]]
|[[Donne Trotter]]
+
|[[Ira Silverstein|majority Caucus Chair]]
 
|{{blue dot}}
 
|{{blue dot}}
 
|-
 
|-
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|-
 
|-
 
|[[State Senate Majority Whip]]
 
|[[State Senate Majority Whip]]
|[[Susan Garrett]]
+
|[[William Haine]]
|{{blue dot}}
+
|-
+
|[[State Senate Majority Whip]]
+
|[[Ira Silverstein]]
+
 
|{{blue dot}}
 
|{{blue dot}}
 
|-
 
|-
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|-
 
|-
 
|[[State Senate Majority Whip]]
 
|[[State Senate Majority Whip]]
|[[Terry Link]]
+
|[[Iris Martinez]]
 
|{{blue dot}}
 
|{{blue dot}}
 
|-
 
|-
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|-
 
|-
 
|[[State Senate Deputy Minority Leader]]
 
|[[State Senate Deputy Minority Leader]]
|[[Dale Righter]]
+
|[[Matt Murphy]]
 
|{{red dot}}
 
|{{red dot}}
 
|-
 
|-
 
|[[State Senate Assistant Minority Leader]]
 
|[[State Senate Assistant Minority Leader]]
|[[Dave Syverson]]
+
|[[Bill Brady]]
 
|{{red dot}}
 
|{{red dot}}
 
|-
 
|-
 
|[[State Senate Assistant Minority Leader]]
 
|[[State Senate Assistant Minority Leader]]
|[[John Jones]]
+
|[[Kirk Dillard]]
 
|{{red dot}}
 
|{{red dot}}
 
|-
 
|-
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|-
 
|-
 
|[[State Senate Assistant Minority Leader]]
 
|[[State Senate Assistant Minority Leader]]
|[[Bill Brady]]
+
|[[Dave Syverson]]
 
|{{red dot}}
 
|{{red dot}}
 
|-
 
|-
|[[State Senate Minority Caucus Leader]]
+
|[[State Senate Minority Caucus Leader|State Senate Minority Caucus Chair]]
|[[Matt Murphy]]
+
|[[Pamela Althoff]]
 
|{{red dot}}
 
|{{red dot}}
 
|-
 
|-
|[[State Senate Minority Whip]]
+
|[[State Senate Minority Whip|State Senate Minority Caucus Whip]]
|[[Pamela Althoff]]
+
|[[Tim Bivins]]
 
|{{red dot}}
 
|{{red dot}}
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
  
==List of current members==
+
===Current members===
{| class="wikitable sortable"
+
{| class="wikitable collapsible sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:450px;collapsible=Y;"
 +
|-
 +
! colspan="4" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''Current members, Illinois State Senate
 +
|-
 +
! style="background-color:#666; color: white;" | District
 +
! style="background-color:#666; color: white;" | Senator
 +
! style="background-color:#666; color: white;" | Party
 +
! style="background-color:#666; color: white;" | Assumed office
 
|-
 
|-
! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | District
 
! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Representative
 
! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Party
 
! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Residence
 
! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Term ends
 
|-
 
 
| 1
 
| 1
 
| [[Antonio Munoz]]
 
| [[Antonio Munoz]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Chicago, Illinois|Chicago]]
+
| 1999
| 2013
+
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 2
 
| 2
 
| [[William Delgado]]
 
| [[William Delgado]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Chicago, Illinois|Chicago]]
+
| 2006
| 2013
+
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 3
 
| 3
 
| [[Mattie Hunter]]
 
| [[Mattie Hunter]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Chicago, Illinois|Chicago]]
+
| 2003
| 2013
+
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 4
 
| 4
 
| [[Kimberly Lightford]]
 
| [[Kimberly Lightford]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Chicago, Illinois|Chicago]]
+
| 1998
| 2013
+
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 5
 
| 5
| [[Annazette Collins]]
+
| [[Patricia Van Pelt Watkins]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Chicago, Illinois|Chicago]]
 
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-  
 
|-  
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| [[John Cullerton]]
 
| [[John Cullerton]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Chicago, Illinois|Chicago]]
+
| 1991
| 2013
+
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 7
 
| 7
 
| [[Heather Steans]]
 
| [[Heather Steans]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Chicago, Illinois|Chicago]]
+
| 2008
| 2013
+
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 8
 
| 8
 
| [[Ira Silverstein]]
 
| [[Ira Silverstein]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Chicago, Illinois|Chicago]]
+
| 1999
| 2013
+
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 9
 
| 9
| [[Jeffrey Schoenberg]]
+
| [[Daniel Biss]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Chicago, Illinois|Chicago]]
 
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
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| [[John G. Mulroe]]
 
| [[John G. Mulroe]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Chicago, Illinois|Chicago]]
+
| 2011
| 2013
+
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 11
 
| 11
| [[Steve Landek]]
+
| [[Martin Sandoval]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Chicago, Illinois|Chicago]]
+
| 2003
| 2013
+
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 12
 
| 12
| [[Martin Sandoval]]
+
| [[Steve Landek]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Chicago, Illinois|Chicago]]
+
| 2011
| 2013
+
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 13
 
| 13
 
| [[Kwame Raoul]]
 
| [[Kwame Raoul]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Chicago, Illinois|Chicago]]
+
| 2004
| 2013
+
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 14
 
| 14
 
| [[Emil Jones]]
 
| [[Emil Jones]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Chicago, Illinois|Chicago]]
+
| 2009
| 2013
+
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 15
 
| 15
| [[James Meeks|Rev. James Meeks]]
+
| [[Napoleon Harris]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Chicago, Illinois|Chicago]]
 
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
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| [[Jacqueline Collins]]
 
| [[Jacqueline Collins]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Chicago, Illinois|Chicago]]
+
| 2003
| 2013
+
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 17
 
| 17
 
| [[Donne Trotter]]
 
| [[Donne Trotter]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Chicago, Illinois|Chicago]]
+
| 1993
| 2013
+
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 18
 
| 18
| [[Edward Maloney]]
+
| [[Bill Cunningham]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Chicago, Illinois|Chicago]]
 
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 19
 
| 19
| [[Maggie Crotty]]
+
| [[Michael Hastings]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Oak Forest, Illinois|Oak Forest]]
 
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
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| [[Iris Martinez]]
 
| [[Iris Martinez]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Chicago, Illinois|Chicago]]
+
| 2003
| 2013
+
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 21
 
| 21
| [[Ron Sandack]]
+
| [[Michael Connelly]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Downers Grove, Illinois|Downers Grove]]
 
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
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| [[Michael Noland]]
 
| [[Michael Noland]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Elgin, Illinois|Elgin]]
+
| 2007
| 2013
+
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 23
 
| 23
| [[Carole Pankau]]
+
| [[Thomas E. Cullerton]]
| {{red dot}}
+
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Bloomingdale, Illinois|Bloomingdale]]
+
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-  
 
|-  
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| [[Kirk Dillard]]
 
| [[Kirk Dillard]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Hinsdale, Illinois|Hinsdale]]
+
| 1993
| 2013
+
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 25
 
| 25
| [[Chris Lauzen]]
+
| [[Jim Oberweis]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Aurora, Illinois|Aurora]]
 
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-  
 
|-  
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| [[Dan Duffy]]
 
| [[Dan Duffy]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Buffalo Grove, Illinois|Buffalo Grove]]
+
| 2009
| 2013
+
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 27
 
| 27
 
| [[Matt Murphy|Matt Murphy]]
 
| [[Matt Murphy|Matt Murphy]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Palatine, Illinois|Palatine]]
+
| 2007
| 2013
+
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 28
 
| 28
| [[John Millner]]
+
| [[Daniel Kotowski]]
| {{red dot}}
+
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:St. Charles, Illinois|St. Charles]]
+
| 2007
| 2013
+
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 29
 
| 29
| [[Susan Garrett]]
+
| [[Julie Morrison]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Highwood, Illinois|Highwood]]
 
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-  
 
|-  
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| [[Terry Link]]
 
| [[Terry Link]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Vernon Hills, Illinois|Vernon Hills]]
+
| 1997
| 2013
+
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 31
 
| 31
| [[Suzi Schmidt|Suzi Schmidt]]
+
| [[Melinda Bush]]
| {{Red dot}}
+
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Lake Villa, Illinois|Lake Villa]]
+
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-  
 
|-  
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| [[Pamela Althoff]]
 
| [[Pamela Althoff]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Crystal Lake, Illinois|Crystal Lake]]
+
| 2003
| 2013
+
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 33
 
| 33
| [[Dan Kotowski]]
+
| [[Karen McConnaughay]]
| {{blue dot}}
+
| {{red dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Park Ridge, Illinois|Park Ridge]]
+
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 34
 
| 34
| [[Dave Syverson]]
+
| [[Steve Stadelman]]
| {{red dot}}
+
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Rockford, Illinois|Rockford]]
+
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 35
 
| 35
| [[Christine Johnson, Illinois legislator|Christine Johnson]]
+
| [[Dave Syverson]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
|
+
| 1993
| 2013
+
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 36
 
| 36
 
| [[Mike Jacobs, Illinois Senator|Mike Jacobs]]
 
| [[Mike Jacobs, Illinois Senator|Mike Jacobs]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:East Moline, Illinois|East Moline]]
+
| 2005
| 2013
+
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 37
 
| 37
 
| [[Darin LaHood]]
 
| [[Darin LaHood]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
|  
+
| 2011
| 2013
+
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 38
 
| 38
 
| [[Sue Rezin]]
 
| [[Sue Rezin]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
|  
+
| 2010
| 2013
+
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 39
 
| 39
 
| [[Don Harmon]]
 
| [[Don Harmon]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Oak Park, Illinois|Oak Park]]
+
| 2003
| 2013
+
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 40
 
| 40
 
| [[Toi Hutchinson]]
 
| [[Toi Hutchinson]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Crete, Illinois|Crete]]
+
| 2009
| 2013
+
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 41
 
| 41
 
| [[Christine Radogno]]
 
| [[Christine Radogno]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Lemont, Illinois|Lemont]]
+
| 1997
| 2013
+
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 42
 
| 42
 
| [[Linda Holmes]]
 
| [[Linda Holmes]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Aurora, Illinois|Aurora]]
+
| 2007
| 2013
+
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 43
 
| 43
 
| [[Pat McGuire]]
 
| [[Pat McGuire]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Joliet, Illinois|Joliet]]
+
| 2012
| 2013
+
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 44
 
| 44
 
| [[Bill Brady]]
 
| [[Bill Brady]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Bloomington, Illinois|Bloomington]]
+
| 2002
| 2012
+
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 45
 
| 45
 
| [[Tim Bivins]]
 
| [[Tim Bivins]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Dixon, Illinois|Dixon]]
+
| 2009
| 2012
+
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 46
 
| 46
 
| [[David Koehler]]
 
| [[David Koehler]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Pekin, Illinois|Pekin]]
+
| 2006
| 2013
+
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 47
 
| 47
 
| [[John Sullivan (Illinois)|John Sullivan]]
 
| [[John Sullivan (Illinois)|John Sullivan]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Rushville, Illinois|Rushville]]
+
| 2003
| 2013
+
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 48
 
| 48
| [[Tom Johnson]]
+
| [[Andy Manar]]
| {{red dot}}
+
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:West Chicago, Illinois|West Chicago]]
+
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 49
 
| 49
| [[William "Sam" McCann]]
+
| [[Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant]]
| {{Red dot}}
+
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Carlinville, Illinois|Carlinville]]
+
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 50
 
| 50
| [[Larry Bomke]]
+
| [[William "Sam" McCann]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Springfield, Illinois|Springfield]]
+
| 2011
| 2013
+
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 51
 
| 51
| [[Kyle McCarter]]
+
| [[Chapin Rose]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Greenville, Illinois|Greenville]]
 
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-
 
|-
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| [[Mike Frerichs]]
 
| [[Mike Frerichs]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Gifford, Illinois|Gifford]]
+
| 2006
| 2013
+
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 53
 
| 53
| [[Shane Cultra]]
+
| [[Jason Barickman]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
|
 
 
| 2013
 
| 2013
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 54
 
| 54
| [[John Jones]]
+
| [[Kyle McCarter]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Mount Vernon, Illinois|Mount Vernon]]
+
| 2009
| 2013
+
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 55
 
| 55
 
| [[Dale Righter]]
 
| [[Dale Righter]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Mattoon, Illinois|Mattoon]]
+
| 2003
| 2013
+
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 56
 
| 56
 
| [[William Haine]]
 
| [[William Haine]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Alton, Illinois|Alton]]
+
| 2002
| 2013
+
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 57
 
| 57
 
| [[James Clayborne]]
 
| [[James Clayborne]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Belleville, Illinois|Belleville]]
+
| 1995
| 2013
+
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 58
 
| 58
 
| [[David Luechtefeld]]
 
| [[David Luechtefeld]]
 
| {{red dot}}
 
| {{red dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Okawville, Illinois|Okawville]]
+
| 1995
| 2013
+
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
| 59
 
| 59
 
| [[Gary Forby]]
 
| [[Gary Forby]]
 
| {{blue dot}}
 
| {{blue dot}}
| [[Sunshinereview:Benton, Illinois|Benton]]
+
| 2003
| 2013
+
 
|}
 
|}
  
 
==Standing Senate Committees==
 
==Standing Senate Committees==
  
The Illinois Senate has 27 [[standing committee]]s:<ref>[http://www.ilga.gov/senate/committees/default.asp ''Illinois General Assembly,'' "Senate Committees 97th General Assembly," accessed March 21, 2011]</ref>
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The Illinois Senate has 24 [[standing committee]]s:<ref>[http://www.ilga.gov/senate/committees/default.asp ''Illinois General Assembly,'' "Senate Committees 97th General Assembly," accessed March 21, 2011]</ref>
 +
 
 +
* [[Agriculture and Conservation Committee, Illinois State Senate|Agriculture and Conservation]]
 +
* [[Appropriations Committee, Illinois State Senate|Appropriations]]
 +
* [[Appropriations II Committee, Illinois State Senate|Appropriations II]]
 +
* [[Assignments Committee, Illinois State Senate|Assignments]]
 +
* [[Committee of the Whole, Illinois State Senate|Committee of the Whole]]
 +
* [[Criminal Law Committee, Illinois State Senate|Criminal Law]]
 +
* [[Education Committee, Illinois State Senate|Education]]
 +
* [[Energy Committee, Illinois State Senate|Energy]]
 +
* [[Environment Committee, Illinois State Senate|Environment]]
 +
* [[Executive Committee, Illinois State Senate|Executive]]
 +
* [[Executive Appointments Committee, Illinois State Senate|Executive Appointments]]
 +
* [[Financial Institutions Committee, Illinois State Senate|Financial Institutions]]
 +
* [[Higher Education Committee, Illinois State Senate|Higher Education]]
 +
* [[Human Services Committee, Illinois State Senate|Human Services]]
 +
* [[Insurance Committee, Illinois State Senate|Insurance]]
 +
* [[Judiciary Committee, Illinois State Senate|Judiciary]]
 +
* [[Labor and Commerce Committee, Illinois State Senate|Labor and Commerce]]
 +
* [[Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee, Illinois State Senate|Licensed Activities and Pensions]]
 +
* [[Local Government Committee, Illinois State Senate|Local Government]]
 +
* [[Public Health Committee, Illinois State Senate|Public Health]]
 +
* [[Public Pensions & State Investments Committee, Illinois State Senate|Public Pensions & State Investments]]
 +
* [[Revenue Committee, Illinois State Senate|Revenue]]
 +
* [[State Government & Veterans Affairs Committee, Illinois State Senate|State Government & Veterans Affairs]]
 +
* [[Transportation Committee, Illinois State Senate|Transportation]]
 +
 
 +
==History==
 +
===Partisan balance 1992-2013===
 +
{{who runs badge|align=left}}
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::''See also: [[Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States]] and [[Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Illinois]]''
 +
[[File:Illinois legislature pie chart 1992-2013.png|thumb|Partisan breakdown of the Illinois legislature from 1992-2013]]
 +
From 1992-2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the Illinois State Senate for 12 years while the Republicans were the majority for 10 years. The final 11 years of the study depicted a shift in the Illinois senate with all 11 years being Democratic [[trifectas]].
 +
 
 +
Across the country, there were 541 Democratic and 517 Republican state senates 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.
  
* [[Agriculture and Conservation Committee, Illinois State Senate]]
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The chart below shows the partisan composition of the [[Governor of Illinois|Office of the Governor of Illinois]], the [[Illinois State Senate]] and the [[Illinois House of Representatives]] from 1992-2013.
* [[Appropriations Committee, Illinois State Senate]]
+
[[File:Partisan composition of Illinois state government(1992-2013).PNG]]
* [[Appropriations II Committee, Illinois State Senate]]
+
* [[Assignments Committee, Illinois State Senate]]
+
* [[Commerce Committee, Illinois State Senate]]
+
* [[Committee of the Whole, Illinois Senate]]
+
* [[Criminal Law Committee, Illinois State Senate]]
+
* [[Education Committee, Illinois State Senate]]
+
* [[Energy Committee, Illinois State Senate]]
+
* [[Environment Committee, Illinois State Senate]]
+
* [[Executive Committee, Illinois State Senate]]
+
* [[Executive Appointments Committee, Illinois State Senate]]
+
* [[Financial Institutions Committee, Illinois State Senate]]
+
* [[Gaming Committee, Illinois State Senate]]
+
* [[Higher Education Committee, Illinois State Senate]]
+
* [[Human Services Committee, Illinois State Senate]]
+
* [[Insurance Committee, Illinois State Senate]]
+
* [[Judiciary Committee, Illinois State Senate]]
+
* [[Labor Committee, Illinois State Senate]]
+
* [[Licensed Activities Committee, Illinois State Senate]]
+
* [[Local Government Committee, Illinois State Senate]]
+
* [[Pensions and Investments Committee, Illinois State Senate]]
+
* [[Public Health Committee, Illinois State Senate]]
+
* [[Redistricting Committee, Illinois State Senate]]
+
* [[Revenue Committee, Illinois State Senate]]
+
* [[State Government & Veterans Affairs Committee, Illinois State Senate]]
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* [[Transportation Committee, Illinois State Senate]]
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==External links==
 
==External links==
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*[http://www.ilga.gov/senate/ Official website of the Illinois General Assembly and Senate]
 
*[http://www.ilga.gov/senate/ Official website of the Illinois General Assembly and Senate]
 
*[http://www.senategop.state.il.us/ Official website of Illinois Senate Republicans]  
 
*[http://www.senategop.state.il.us/ Official website of Illinois Senate Republicans]  
*[http://www.senatedem.ilga.gov/ Official website of Illinois Senate Democrats]
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*[http://www.senatedem.ilga.gov/ Official website of Illinois Senate Democrats]
*[http://votesmart.org/official_state_legislator.php?type=office&criteria=upper&state_id=IL&go.x=9&go.y=6 Project Vote Smart profile of the Illinois Senate]
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==References==
 
==References==

Revision as of 13:51, 18 July 2013

Illinois State Senate

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General Information
Type:   Upper house
Term limits:   None
2014 session start:   January 9, 2013
Website:   Official Senate Page
Leadership
Senate President:   John Cullerton, (D)
Majority Leader:   James Clayborne, (D)
Minority leader:   Christine Radogno, (R)
Structure
Members:  59
   Democratic Party (

40)
Republican Party (

19)
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:   Art IV, Illinois Constitution
Salary:   $67,836/year + per diem
Elections
Last Election:  November 6, 2012 (59 seats)
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Redistricting:  Illinois General Assembly
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The Illlinois State Senate is the upper house of the Illinois General Assembly, the legislative branch of the government of the state of Illinois. The body was created by the first state constitution adopted in 1818. The Illinois Senate is made up of 59 senators elected from individual legislative districts determined by population. Under the Illinois Constitution of 1970, senators are divided into three groups, each group having a two-year term at a different part of the decade between censuses, with the rest of the decade being taken up by two four-year terms.[1] Depending on the election year, roughly ⅓, ⅔, or all of the senate seats may have terms ending. In contrast, the Illinois House of Representatives is made of 118 members with its entire membership elected to two-year terms. House districts are formed by dividing each Senate district in half. The Senate meets at the State Capitol in Springfield Each member represents an average of 217,468 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 210,496 residents.[3]

As of April 2014, Illinois is one of 13 Democratic state government trifectas.

Sessions

Article IV of the Illinois Constitution establishes when the Illinois General Assembly, of which the Senate 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.

2013

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.[4][5][6][7]

2012

See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions

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

2011

See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions

In 2011, the Senate 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.[8]

2010

See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions

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

Ethics and transparency

Open States 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 is 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.[9]

Elections

2012

See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Illinois' state senators were held in Illinois on November 6, 2012. The primary date was March 20, 2012.

The filing period was from November 28, 2011 through December 5, 2011. Petitions could be circulated starting on September 6, 2011.[10]

All 59 seats were up for election, as the election is the first following redistricting.

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

2010

See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Illinois State Senator were held in Illinois on November 2, 2010. Seats in every third district (1, 4, 7...) and also district 51 are up for election in 2010, for a total of 21 of 59 districts.

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 senate campaigns was $19,051,437. The top 10 donors were: [11]

2008

See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2008

Elections for the office of Illinois State Senate consisted of a primary election on February 5, 2008, and a general election on November 4, 2008.

During the 2008 election, the total contributions to Senate candidates was $30,470,315. The top 10 contributors were:[12]

2006

See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2006

Elections for the office of Illinois State Senate consisted of a primary election on March 21, 2006, and a general election on November 7, 2006.

During the 2006 election, the total contributions to Senate candidates was $33,836,264. The top 10 contributors were:[13]

2004

See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2004

Elections for the office of Illinois State Senate consisted of a primary election on March 16, 2004, and a general election on November 2, 2004.

During the 2004 election, the total contributions to Senate candidates was $27,180,039. The top 10 contributors were:[14]

2002

See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2002

Elections for the office of Illinois State Senate consisted of a primary election on March 19, 2002, and a general election on November 5, 2002.

During the 2002 election, the total contributions to Senate candidates was $35,390,771. The top 10 contributors were:[15]

2000

See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2000

Elections for the office of Illinois State Senate consisted of a primary election on March 21, 2000, and a general election on November 7, 2000.

During the 2000 election, the total contributions to Senate candidates was $21,381,359. The top 10 contributors were:[16]

Qualifications

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.

Vacancies

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 Illinois State Senate, the Illinois 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. If a vacancy by a member of the Illinois Senate has more than twenty-eight months remaining in the term, the appointment is interim until the next general election and in this case, a special election must be held to fill the balance of the unserved term. All other Senate vacancies and vacancies in the House of Representatives should be made by appointment with the person appointed being a member of the same political party that last held the seat[17].

The vacancy must be filled by the respective party organizations covering the legislative district[18]. This must be voted on by the respective committeemen and committeewomen representing the legislative district[19]

Redistricting

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.[20] The state's Latino population grew by 33% from 2000 to 2010, reaching 2 million. Meanwhile, non-Latino population declined by 0.8%.[21]

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.[22]

Democrats released proposed maps of the 59 Senate districts on May 19.[23] Republicans said the maps would likely guarantee a Republican minority for the next decade. The new lines merged a number of current Republican districts, potentially leading to runoffs between incumbents in several districts. Republicans released their counter-proposal on May 26, saying their map was fairer than the Democrats.[24] The Senate passed the Democrats plan by a vote of 35-22.[25] Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill on June 3,[26] [27] 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.[28]

Senators

Salaries

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.[29]

When sworn in

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

Illinois legislators assume office the second Wednesday in January.

Partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state senates
Party As of April 2014
     Democratic Party 40
     Republican Party 19
Total 59


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

Leadership

Current leadership

Current Leadership, Illinois State Senate
Office Representative Party
President of the Senate John Cullerton Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Majority Leader James Clayborne Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Assistant Majority Leader Terry Link Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Assistant Majority Leader Antonio Munoz Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Assistant Majority Leader John Sullivan Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Assistant Majority Leader Donne Trotter Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Majority Caucus Leader majority Caucus Chair Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate President Pro Tempore Don Harmon Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Majority Whip William Haine Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Majority Whip Mattie Hunter Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Majority Whip Iris Martinez Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno Ends.png Republican
State Senate Deputy Minority Leader Matt Murphy Ends.png Republican
State Senate Assistant Minority Leader Bill Brady Ends.png Republican
State Senate Assistant Minority Leader Kirk Dillard Ends.png Republican
State Senate Assistant Minority Leader David Luechtefeld Ends.png Republican
State Senate Assistant Minority Leader Dave Syverson Ends.png Republican
State Senate Minority Caucus Chair Pamela Althoff Ends.png Republican
State Senate Minority Caucus Whip Tim Bivins Ends.png Republican

Current members

Current members, Illinois State Senate
District Senator Party Assumed office
1 Antonio Munoz Electiondot.png Democratic 1999
2 William Delgado Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
3 Mattie Hunter Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
4 Kimberly Lightford Electiondot.png Democratic 1998
5 Patricia Van Pelt Watkins Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
6 John Cullerton Electiondot.png Democratic 1991
7 Heather Steans Electiondot.png Democratic 2008
8 Ira Silverstein Electiondot.png Democratic 1999
9 Daniel Biss Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
10 John G. Mulroe Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
11 Martin Sandoval Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
12 Steve Landek Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
13 Kwame Raoul Electiondot.png Democratic 2004
14 Emil Jones Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
15 Napoleon Harris Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
16 Jacqueline Collins Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
17 Donne Trotter Electiondot.png Democratic 1993
18 Bill Cunningham Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
19 Michael Hastings Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
20 Iris Martinez Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
21 Michael Connelly Ends.png Republican 2013
22 Michael Noland Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
23 Thomas E. Cullerton Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
24 Kirk Dillard Ends.png Republican 1993
25 Jim Oberweis Ends.png Republican 2013
26 Dan Duffy Ends.png Republican 2009
27 Matt Murphy Ends.png Republican 2007
28 Daniel Kotowski Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
29 Julie Morrison Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
30 Terry Link Electiondot.png Democratic 1997
31 Melinda Bush Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
32 Pamela Althoff Ends.png Republican 2003
33 Karen McConnaughay Ends.png Republican 2013
34 Steve Stadelman Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
35 Dave Syverson Ends.png Republican 1993
36 Mike Jacobs Electiondot.png Democratic 2005
37 Darin LaHood Ends.png Republican 2011
38 Sue Rezin Ends.png Republican 2010
39 Don Harmon Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
40 Toi Hutchinson Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
41 Christine Radogno Ends.png Republican 1997
42 Linda Holmes Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
43 Pat McGuire Electiondot.png Democratic 2012
44 Bill Brady Ends.png Republican 2002
45 Tim Bivins Ends.png Republican 2009
46 David Koehler Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
47 John Sullivan Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
48 Andy Manar Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
49 Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
50 William "Sam" McCann Ends.png Republican 2011
51 Chapin Rose Ends.png Republican 2013
52 Mike Frerichs Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
53 Jason Barickman Ends.png Republican 2013
54 Kyle McCarter Ends.png Republican 2009
55 Dale Righter Ends.png Republican 2003
56 William Haine Electiondot.png Democratic 2002
57 James Clayborne Electiondot.png Democratic 1995
58 David Luechtefeld Ends.png Republican 1995
59 Gary Forby Electiondot.png Democratic 2003

Standing Senate Committees

The Illinois Senate has 24 standing committees:[30]

History

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 Senate for 12 years while the Republicans were the majority for 10 years. The final 11 years of the study depicted a shift in the Illinois senate with all 11 years being Democratic trifectas.

Across the country, there were 541 Democratic and 517 Republican state senates 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

References

  1. Article IV of the Illinois Constitution (Section 2a describes term length for senators)
  2. Population in 2010 of the American states
  3. Population in 2000 of the American states
  4. Chicago Sun-Times, "Lame-duck session ends with no pension reform," January 8, 2013
  5. mymoinfo.com, "MAY 31, 2013 ILLINOIS LEGISLATORS PASS OIL FRACKING BILL", May 31, 2013
  6. [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]
  7. npr.org, "Will Ill. Legalize Gay Marriage Before Legislature Adjourns?", May 30, 2013
  8. ABC.com, General Assembly to hold special session next week, June 15, 2011
  9. Sunlight Foundation Ten Principles for Opening Up Government Information, accessed June 16, 2013
  10. Confirmed via email with Illinois Board of Elections, February 28, 2011
  11. Follow the Money: "Illinois Senate 2010 Campaign Contributions
  12. Follow the Money, "Illinois 2008 Candidates," Accessed July 18, 2013
  13. Follow the Money, "Illinois 2006 Candidates," Accessed July 18, 2013
  14. Follow the Money, "Illinois 2004 Candidates," Accessed July 18, 2013
  15. Follow the Money, "Illinois 2002 Candidates," Accessed July 18, 2013
  16. Follow the Money, "Illinois 2000 Candidates," Accessed July 18, 2013
  17. Illinois General Assembly "Illinois Constitution"(Referenced Section Article IV, Section 2(d))
  18. Illinois General Assembly "Illinois Election Code"(Referenced Statute 10 ILCS 5/25 6 (a), (c))
  19. Illinois General Assembly "Illinois Election Code"(Referenced Statute 10 ILCS 5/25 6 (d))
  20. The Daily Journal "Census: Cook County losses slow Illinois population growth ," February 15, 2011
  21. PR-USA.net, "Latinos Fuel Illinois Population Growth," February 17, 2011
  22. Illinois Statehouse News, "Minorities could have more influence in new political map," March 7, 2011
  23. IL Senate Redistricting Committee, "Senate Redistricting Proposal," May 19, 2011
  24. Quad-City Times, "Republicans unveil their own redistricting plan," May 26, 2011
  25. Chicago Tribune, "Senate Dems send new legislative map to governor," May 27, 2011
  26. The News-Gazette, "Map awaits Quinn's signature, may face Republican court challenge," May 29, 2011
  27. My FOX Chicago, "Gov. Pat Quinn Signs Off on New Illinois Legislative Maps," June 3, 2011
  28. Chicago Tribune, "Assembly GOP leaders sue over Democrats' redistricting map," July 21, 2011
  29. NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
  30. Illinois General Assembly, "Senate Committees 97th General Assembly," accessed March 21, 2011


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