Illinois elections, 2012

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1 2012 Elections
2 Eligibility to Vote
2.1 Primary election
2.2 General election
3 Voting absentee
3.1 Eligibility
3.2 Deadlines
3.3 Military and overseas voting
4 Voting early
5 See also
6 References

The state of Illinois held elections in 2012. Below are the dates of note:

On the 2012 ballot Click here for all
November 6, 2012
Election Results
U.S. Senate Defeatedd Preview Article
U.S. House (18 seats) Approveda
State Executives Defeatedd N/A
State Senate (59 seats) Approveda Preview Article
State House (118 seats) Approveda
Ballot measures (1 measures) Approveda Preview Article

2012 Elections

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For election results in the 50 states, see our November 6, 2012 election results page

Elections by type

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Illinois, 2012

Illinois lost a seat in the U.S. House from redistricting.

Members of the U.S. House from Illinois -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 8 12
     Republican Party 11 6
Total 19 18
District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Bobby Rush
Republican Party Donald Peloquin
Bobby Rush Democratic Party Bobby Rush No
2nd Democratic Party Jesse Jackson Jr.
Republican Party Brian Woodworth
Independent Marcus Lewis
Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. Democratic Party Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. No
3rd Democratic Party Daniel Lipinski
Republican Party Richard Grabowski
Daniel Lipinski Democratic Party Daniel Lipinski No
4th Democratic Party Luis Gutierrez
Democratic Party Jorge Zavala (write-in)
Republican Party Hector Concepcion
Luis Gutierrez Democratic Party Luis Gutierrez No
5th Democratic Party Mike Quigley
Republican PartyDan Schmitt
Green PartyNancy Wade
Mike Quigley Democratic Party Mike Quigley No
6th Democratic Party Leslie Coolidge
Republican Party Peter Roskam
Peter Roskam Republican Party Peter Roskam No
7th Democratic Party Danny K. Davis
Republican PartyRita Zak
IndependentJohn H. Monaghan
Danny Davis Democratic Party Danny K. Davis No
8th Democratic Party Tammy Duckworth
Republican Party Joe Walsh
Independent Robert Gregory Canfield
Joe Walsh Democratic Party Tammy Duckworth Yes
9th Democratic Party Jan Schakowsky
Republican Party Timothy Wolfe
Jan Schakowsky Democratic Party Jan Schakowsky No
10th Democratic Party Brad Schneider
Democratic Party Aloys Rutagwibira (write-in)
Republican Party Robert J. Dold
Robert Dold Democratic Party Brad Schneider Yes
11th Democratic Party Bill Foster
Republican Party Judy Biggert
Republican Party Diane Harris (write-in)
Adam Kinzinger Democratic Party Bill Foster Yes
12th Democratic Party William Enyart
Republican Party Jason Plummer
Green Party Paula Bradshaw
Jerry Costello Democratic Party William Enyart No
13th Republican Party Rodney Davis
Democratic Party David Gill
IndependentJohn Hartman
Judy Biggert Republican Party Rodney Davis No
14th Democratic Party Dennis Anderson
Republican Party Randy Hultgren
Republican Party Mark Masrogiovanni
Randy Hultgren Republican Party Randy Hultgren No
15th Democratic Party Angela Michael
Republican Party John Shimkus
Timothy V. Johnson Republican Party John Shimkus No
16th Republican Party Adam Kinzinger
Democratic PartyWanda Rohl
Donald Manzullo Republican Party Adam Kinzinger No
17th Democratic Party Cheri Bustos
Republican Party Bobby Schilling
Independent Eric Reyes
Bobby Schilling Democratic Party Cheri Bustos Yes
18th Democratic Party Steve Waterworth
Republican Party Aaron Schock
Aaron Schock Republican Party Aaron Schock No
19th District deleted after 2010 Census John Shimkus N/A N/A
See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Democrats maintain partisan control in the 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

See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Democrats maintain partisan control in the state house.

Illinois House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 64 71
     Republican Party 54 47
Total 118 118

See also: Illinois 2012 ballot measures

November 6:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA HJRCA 49 Pension Requires a three-fifths vote from any governing body to change pension benefits for their public employees. Defeatedd

Eligibility to Vote


Primary election

See also: Voting in the 2012 primary elections

Illinois uses a mixed/closed primary system. Voters can change parties each year, and could change party affiliation at polls or caucus. Voters must have registered to vote in the primary by February 21, 2012, which was 28 days before the primary took place.[1] (Information about registering to vote)

General election

See also: Voting in the 2012 general elections

The deadline to register to vote is 28 days prior to the election day, which in 2012 was October 9.[2]

Note: Some states have a voter registration deadline 30 days prior to the election, but because this may fall on a weekend and Columbus Day is on Monday, October 8th, have extended the deadline to October 9, 2012.

  • Voter ID info
  • Residency requirements: Resident of the precinct at least 30 days prior to election [3]
  • Same-day registration: None

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee Voting


All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Illinois. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[4]


To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received by the election office between 90 and five days prior to the election if sent by mail. If applied for in person, it must be received no later than the day before the election. A returned absentee ballot must then be postmarked no later than midnight the night before election and received no later than 14 days after the election.[4]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Illinois is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins 15 days before an election and ends on the third day prior to the election. Electors who vote early will be required to show identification.[5] The nationwide average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.

See also