Jim O'Donnell (Illinois)

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Jim O'Donnell
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Candidate for
Illinois State Senate District 28
High schoolMaine South High School (1968)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Notre Dame (1972)
ProfessionVP/CFO, Camcraft, Inc.
Personal website
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Jim O'Donnell was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 28 of the Illinois State Senate.

O'Donnell is the Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer for Camcraft, Inc., a manufacturing firm. He previously worked as Operations Manager for Graco, Inc.

O'Donnell graduated from Maine South High School and earned his BBA in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame. He is a state certified CPA.[1]


Campaign themes


O'Donnell's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Restore Fiscal Integrity
Excerpt: "Illinois cannot tax or borrow its way to prosperity, and incumbents responsible for these failed policies need to be replaced."
  • Job Creation For Illinois
Excerpt: "We must create a positive business climate in Illinois to stop businesses from leaving the state and to encourage new businesses to consider Illinois as a place to start up or expand. The current exodus of businesses and employees is eroding our tax base."
  • Honest And Accountable Government
Excerpt: "Through my actions and behavior, I will help restore belief in the honesty and integrity of government officials. People need to believe that elected officials do not seek office just to accumulate power, wealth or status."

On his campaign website before the state primary, O'Donnell details his positions on two issues - term limits and the 2011 state tax increase. Here are excerpts:

  • Term Limits:
Excerpt: "I believe the State of Illinois should enact term limits for state legislators, with no individual being able to serve more than 10 years in each legislative body. It is imperative that legislators have enough life experience or expertise to be able to contribute meaningfully to policy, operational and budget decisions. Once elected, the curve for the process is short enough so that a legislator can spend 9 very productive years in office before returning to private life."[3]
  • Repealing the Tax Hike:
Excerpt: "My first priority as a Senator will be to repeal the 67% income tax increase enacted by Governor Pat Quinn and the Democratic controlled legislature."[4]



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

O'Donnell ran in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 28. O'Donnell defeated Gayle Smolinski in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012 and was defeated by Daniel Kotowski (D), currently the Senate District 33 incumbent, in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7]

Illinois State Senate, District 28, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Kotowski Incumbent 57.3% 45,656
     Republican Jim O'Donnell 42.7% 34,035
Total Votes 79,691


O'Donnell was endorsed by Family-Pac.[8]


O'Donnell lives in Park Ridge with his wife Marty. They have two sons.[1]

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