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Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

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Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
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Illinois State Senate2012 Illinois House Elections
Elections for the office of Illinois' state senators were held in Illinois on November 6, 2012. The primary date was March 20, 2012.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 5, 2011. Petitions could be circulated starting on September 6, 2011.

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

See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Illinois State Senate:

Illinois State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 35 40
     Republican Party 24 19
Total 59 59


Incumbents retiring

A total of 12 incumbents did not run for re-election in 2012. Those incumbents are:

Name Party Current Office
Chris Lauzen Ends.png Republican Senate District 25
Edward Maloney Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 18
James Meeks Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 15
Jeffrey Schoenberg Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 9
John Millner Ends.png Republican Senate District 28
Larry Bomke Ends.png Republican Senate District 50
Maggie Crotty Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 19
Ron Sandack Ends.png Republican Senate District 21
Susan Garrett Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 29
Suzi Schmidt Ends.png Republican Senate District 31
Tom Johnson Ends.png Republican Senate District 48
John Jones Ends.png Republican Senate District 54

Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Illinois in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contritubions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[1]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 45 $19,051,437
2008 74 $25,856,554
2006 77 $27,398,829
2004 37 $17,305,449
2002 120 $34,677,544
2000 41 $11,250,862
1998 78 $14,695,913
1996 87 $13,837,309

In 2010, the total amount of contributions raised in state senate campaigns was $19,051,437. The top 10 donors were: [2]

Donor Amount
Illinois Senate Democratic Fund $3,849,507
Republican State Senate Campaign Cmte of Illinois $1,493,465
Illinois Democratic Party $1,454,869
Illinois Republican Party $1,016,221
Illinois Health Care Association $459,144
Illinois Education Association $395,908
Illinois State Medical Society $315,142
Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois $282,582
AT&T $282,495
Illinois Laborers $261,618

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.

Map of Illinois Senate Districts with less than 10% party registration differential before and after the 2010 redistricting. A total of 8 legislative districts meet the criteria before and after 2010.

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Illinois

Between 2000-2010, Illinois saw a large number of citizens move from the Democratic stronghold of Chicago to the more Republican friendly suburbs. With Democrats in charge of the legislature and governorship, however, they were able to draw maps beneficial to their party. This resulted in a number of districts that begin in Chicago and wind out into the suburbs like the spokes in a wheel. Democrats released their plan with little data and were criticized from all sides. The map, which Republicans said would guarantee a GOP minority for the next decade, was quickly passed and signed into law. Republicans challenged the map in court but saw the case thrown out.

These tables show the old state Senate districts with the most and least population following the 2010 census - thus the ones that most needed to be changed. The target population for new districts was 217,468.[3]

Most populated Senate Districts Incumbent 2010 Population
42 (Plainfield) Linda Holmes (D) 337,625
25 (Aurora) Chris Lauzen (R) 332,979
32 (Crystal Lake) Pamela Althoff (R) 254,707
43 (Crest Hill) Arthur Wilhelmi (D) 252,892
41 (Lemont) Christine Radogno (R) 250,942
Least Populated Senate Districts Incumbent 2010 Population
20 (Chicago) Iris Martinez (D) 187,878
7 (Chicago) Heather Steans (D) 188,147
17 (Chicago) Donne Trotter (D) 189,200
3 (Chicago) Mattie Hunter (D) 189,367
14 (Chicago) Emil Jones (D) 190,871

In Illinois, there are eight state senate districts where the partisan registration of Democratic and Republican voters is less than 10 percentage points apart. These districts would be considered "competitive" when looked at strictly with respect to vote party affiliation. The eight districts in Illinois are District 27, 31, 34, 38, 47, 49, 52 and 54.

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party March 30 Democratic primary candidates:
Note: Edgar Diaz was running but was removed from the ballot on January 4, 2012.[4]
Republican Party March 30 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Antonio Munoz Green check mark transparent.png

District 2

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party William Delgado Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Ronald J. Baltierra (write-in candidate)

District 3

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Note: Larry D. Craddieth was running but withdrew from the race on December 28.[5]
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mattie Hunter Green check mark transparent.png

District 4

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kimberly Lightford Green check mark transparent.png

District 5

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Patricia Van Pelt Watkins Green check mark transparent.png

District 6

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Cullerton Green check mark transparent.png

District 7

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Heather Steans Green check mark transparent.png

District 8

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ira Silverstein Green check mark transparent.png

District 9

Note: Incumbent Jeffrey Schoenberg (D) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Daniel Biss: 18,583 Approveda- Biss is the current District 17 incumbent in the House.
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:
Note: Levine withdrew from the race on April 16, 2012.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Daniel Biss Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Glenn Farkas

District 10

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John G. Mulroe Green check mark transparent.png

District 11

Note: Incumbent Steve Landek (D) is not running for re-election in District 11. Instead he is running in District 12.

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Martin Sandoval: 16,464 Approveda- Incumbent Sandoval, of District 12, was first elected to the Senate in 2002.
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Martin Sandoval Green check mark transparent.png

District 12

Note: Incumbent Martin Sandoval (D) is not running for re-election in District 12. Instead he is running in District 11.

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Steven Landek Green check mark transparent.png

District 13

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kwame Raoul Green check mark transparent.png

District 14

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Note Richard J. Lewandowski filed to run but withdrew from the race January 9, 2012.[6]
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Emil Jones III Green check mark transparent.png

District 15

Note: Incumbent James Meeks (D) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Note: Marquise D. Alston filed to run but was removed from the ballot on January 12, 2012.[7]
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Napoleon Harris Green check mark transparent.png

District 16

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jacqueline Collins Green check mark transparent.png

District 17

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Donne Trotter Green check mark transparent.png

District 18

Note: Incumbent Edward Maloney (D) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bill Cunningham Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Barbara Ruth Bellar

District 19

Note: Incumbent Maggie Crotty initially filed to run but announced on December 29, 2011 that she would be withdrawing.[8]
Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michael Hastings Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Edgar Montalvo

District 20

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Iris Martinez Green check mark transparent.png

District 21

Note: Incumbent Ron Sandack (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Michael Connelly Green check mark transparent.png

District 22

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michael Noland Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Cary Collins

District 23

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Thomas E. Cullerton Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Carole Pankau

District 24

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party A. Ghani
Republican Party Kirk Dillard Green check mark transparent.png

District 25

Note: Incumbent Chris Lauzen (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Corinne Pierog
Republican Party Jim Oberweis Green check mark transparent.png

District 26

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:
  • Dan Duffy: 22,110 Approveda- Incumbent Duffy was first elected to the Senate in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Amanda Howland
Republican Party Dan Duffy Green check mark transparent.png

District 27

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.

Note: David R. Page was placed on the ballot as a petition candidate.

Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party David R. Page
Republican Party Matt Murphy Green check mark transparent.png

District 28

Note: Incumbent John Millner (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Daniel Kotowski Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jim O'Donnell

District 29

Note: Incumbent Susan Garrett (D) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Julie Morrison Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Arie Friedman

District 30

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:
Note: Gregory S. Jacobs was removed from the ballot on January 9, 2012.[9] He received four write-in votes.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Terry Link Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Don Castella

District 31

Note: Incumbent Suzi Schmidt (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Melinda Bush Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Joe Neal

District 32

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Pamela Althoff Green check mark transparent.png

District 33

Note: Incumbent Dan Kotowski (D) is not running for re-election in District 33. Instead he is running in District 28.

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:
Note: Craig M. Powers was running but withdrew from the race on December 23.[10]

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Karen McConnaughay Green check mark transparent.png

District 34

Note: Incumbent Dave Syverson (R) is not running for re-election in District 34. Instead he is running in District 35.

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Note: Jim Hughes withdrew from the race on December 12.[11]
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Steve Stadelman Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Frank Gambino

District 35

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Dave Syverson Green check mark transparent.png

District 36

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mike Jacobs Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Bill Albracht

District 37

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Darin LaHood Green check mark transparent.png

District 38

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:
  • Sue Rezin: 16,866 Approveda Incumbent Rezin was first elected to the Senate in 2010.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Christine Benson
Republican Party Sue Rezin Green check mark transparent.png

District 39

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Don Harmon: 13,274 Approveda Incumbent Harmon was first elected to the Senate in 2003.
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Don Harmon Green check mark transparent.png

District 40

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Toi Hutchinson Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Joseph C. Marshall

District 41

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:
Note: Duane Bradley was removed from the ballot on January 9, 2012 for having insufficient signatures.[12]

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Christine Radogno Green check mark transparent.png

District 42

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Linda Holmes Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Peter Hurtado

District 43

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:

Note: Wilhelmi resigned prior to the primary, but his name remained on the ballot. His seat was filled by Pat McGuire but it remained unclear who the Democratic nominee was until mid-July.[13]

Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Pat McGuire Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Sandy Johnson

District 44

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:
  • Bill Brady: 24,988 Approveda- Incumbent Brady was first elected to the Senate in 2002.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Bill Brady Green check mark transparent.png

District 45

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:
  • Tim Bivins: 26,705 Approveda- Incumbent Bivins was first elected to the Senate in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Tim Bivins Green check mark transparent.png

District 46

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Note: G. Allen Mayer withdrew from the race on December 2, 2011.[14]
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Dave Koehler Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Pat Sullivan

District 47

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Sullivan Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Randy Frese

District 48

Note: Incumbent Tom Johnson (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Andy Manar Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Mike McElroy

District 49

Note: Incumbent William "Sam" McCann (R) is not running for re-election in District 49. Instead he is running in District 50.

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Garrett Peck

District 50

Note: Incumbent Larry Bomke (R) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party William McCann Green check mark transparent.png

District 51

Note: Incumbent Kyle McCarter (R) is not running for re-election in District 51. Instead he is running in District 54.

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Chapin Rose Green check mark transparent.png

District 52

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Michael Frerichs: 7,430 Approveda- Incumbent Frerichs was first elected to the Senate in 2006.
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:
Note: Alan Nudo withdrew from the race on January 26, 2012.[15]

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michael Frerichs Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party John Christian Bambenek

District 53

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Jason Barickman Green check mark transparent.png

District 54

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:
Note: John O. Jones withdrew from the race on January 4, 2012.[16] Incumbent Jones was first elected to the Senate in 2003.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Danny L. Stover
Republican Party Kyle McCarter Green check mark transparent.png

District 55

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Dale A. Righter Green check mark transparent.png

District 56

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party William Haine Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Mike Babcock

District 57

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party James Clayborne Jr. Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Dave Barnes

District 58

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michael J. Bigler
Republican Party David Luechtefeld Green check mark transparent.png

District 59

Democratic Party March 20 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party March 20 GOP primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gary Forby Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Mark Minor

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