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  |Status = Incumbent
 
  |Status = Incumbent
 
  |Tenure =1991 - Present
 
  |Tenure =1991 - Present
  |Term ends = [[Term-end dates of legislators elected on November 2, 2010|January 12, 2013]]
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  |Term ends = [[Term-end dates of legislators elected on November 6, 2012|January 14, 2015]]
 
  |Assumed office =1991
 
  |Assumed office =1991
 
  |Political party =Democratic |Party dot = {{bluedot|size=10px}}
 
  |Political party =Democratic |Party dot = {{bluedot|size=10px}}
  |Leadership =  
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  |Leadership = President of the Senate
 
  |Years leadership =  
 
  |Years leadership =  
 
  |Leadership 2 =  
 
  |Leadership 2 =  
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  |Years leadership 5 =  
 
  |Years leadership 5 =  
 
  |Base salary = $67,836/year
 
  |Base salary = $67,836/year
  |Per diem = $132/day
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  |Per diem = $111/day
 
  |Pension  =  
 
  |Pension  =  
  |Last election = November 4, 2008
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  |Last election = [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
 
  |Appointed =  
 
  |Appointed =  
 
  |Appointed by =  
 
  |Appointed by =  
 
  |First elected = 1990
 
  |First elected = 1990
 
  |Term limits =  
 
  |Term limits =  
  |Next election = [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
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  |Next election = [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
 
  |Prior office = [[Illinois House of Representatives]]
 
  |Prior office = [[Illinois House of Representatives]]
 
  |Prior office years = 1979 - 1991
 
  |Prior office years = 1979 - 1991
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  |Profession =Partner, Thompson Coburn LLC
 
  |Profession =Partner, Thompson Coburn LLC
 
  |Religion =Catholic
 
  |Religion =Catholic
  |Office website =http://www.ilga.gov/senate/Senator.asp?GA=97&MemberID=1639
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  |Office website =http://www.ilga.gov/senate/Senator.asp?GA=98&MemberID=1865
 
  |Campaign website =  
 
  |Campaign website =  
 
  |Personal website = http://www.senatorcullerton.com/
 
  |Personal website = http://www.senatorcullerton.com/
}}{{tnr}}'''John Cullerton''' is the [[Democratic Party (United States)|Democratic]] [[President of the Senate|President]] of the [[Illinois State Senate]]. Cullerton has served in the Illinois Senate since 1991. Cullerton was re-elected in November of 2006 with his term expiring in 2010.  Cullerton also served in the [[Illinois House of Representatives]] from 1979 to 1991.
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}}{{tnr}}'''John J. Cullerton''' is the [[Democratic]] of the [[Illinois State Senate]], representing [[Illinois State Senate District 6|District 6]] and serving as [[President of the Senate]]. He was first elected to the chamber in 1990.  
  
Cullerton graduated with his Bachelor's Degree in 1970 and Law Degree in 1974 from Loyola-Chicago.
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He previously served in the [[Illinois House of Representatives]] from 1979 to 1991.
  
Cullerton is a full-time Senator and a former Public Defender in Cook County.
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==Biography==
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Cullerton earned his Bachelor's and J.D. from Loyola-Chicago in 1970 and 1974, respectively. His professional experience includes working as a Public Defender in Cook County.<ref name=pvs>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/biography/6249/john-cullerton#.UwJAIkJdU78 ''Project Vote Smart'', "John Cullerton," accessed February 17, 2014]</ref>
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
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===2013-2014===
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At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Cullerton served on the following committees:
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{{Committee Assignments
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|State = Illinois
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|year = 2013
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|Chamber = State Senate
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|Committee1 = Committee of the Whole
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|Chair1 =
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|Chair2 =
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|Committee2 = Executive
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|Committee3 =
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|Committee4 =
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|Committee5 =
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|Committee6 =
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|Committee7 =
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}}
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===2011-2012===
 
===2011-2012===
 
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Cullerton served on these committees:
 
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Cullerton served on these committees:
* [[Committee of the Whole, Illinois Senate]]
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{{Committee Assignments
* [[Executive Committee, Illinois State Senate]]
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|State = Illinois
* Government Reform, Co-Chair
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|year = 2011
* Subcommittee on Election Law
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|Collapse = Yes
* Subcommittee on State Government Operations
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|Chamber = State Senate
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|Committee1 = Committee of the Whole
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|Chair1 =
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|Chair3 = Co-Chair
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|Committee2 = Executive
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|Committee3 = Government Reform
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|Committee4 =
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|Committee5 =
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|Committee6 =
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|Committee7 =
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}}
  
 
===2009-2010===
 
===2009-2010===
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Cullerton served on these committees:
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In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Cullerton served on these committees:<ref>[http://www.ilga.gov/senate/committees/default.asp ''Illinois General Assembly,'' "List of Illinois Senate Committees," July 28, 2009]</ref>
* [[Executive Committee, Illinois State Senate|Executive]]
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{{Committee Assignments
* Government Reform<ref>[http://www.ilga.gov/senate/committees/default.asp "Illinois General Assembly" List of Illinois Senate Committees, July 28, 2009]</ref>.
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|State = Illinois
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|year = 2009
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|Collapse = Yes
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|Chamber = State Senate
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|Committee1 = Executive
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|Chair1 =
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|Chair2 =
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|Committee2 = Government Reform
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|Committee3 =
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|Committee4 =
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|Committee5 =
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|Committee6 =
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|Committee7 =
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}}
  
 
==Issues==
 
==Issues==
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The [[Illinois State Senate]] passed [http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=174&GAID=10&GA=96&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=40191&SessionID=76 a plan] for a two point income tax hike, from 3 percent to 5 percent. At the start of the 2011 session, Quinn met with Democratic leaders to speak about passing tax hike legislation in the [[Illinois House of Representatives|House]]. Gov. [[Pat Quinn]] is pulling for a hike of at least 1 percent.<ref>[http://illinois.statehousenewsonline.com/4820/cullerton-on-tax-hike/ "Cullerton on Tax Hike," ''Illinois Statehouse News'', January 4, 2011]</ref>
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The [[Illinois State Senate]] passed [http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=174&GAID=10&GA=96&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=40191&SessionID=76 a plan] for a two point income tax hike, from 3 percent to 5 percent. At the start of the 2011 session, Quinn met with Democratic leaders to speak about passing tax hike legislation in the [[Illinois House of Representatives|House]]. Gov. [[Pat Quinn]] is pulling for a hike of at least 1 percent.<ref>[http://illinois.statehousenewsonline.com/4820/cullerton-on-tax-hike/ ''Illinois Statehouse News'', "Cullerton on Tax Hike," January 4, 2011]</ref>
  
 
Senate [[State Senate President Pro Tempore|President]] Cullerton said the House is going to have to act first.
 
Senate [[State Senate President Pro Tempore|President]] Cullerton said the House is going to have to act first.
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"I only hope there's been a lot of real reform talked about that's going to be shown in legislation," she said. "I'm not sure."
 
"I only hope there's been a lot of real reform talked about that's going to be shown in legislation," she said. "I'm not sure."
  
Tracy said Democrats only want GOP votes as a shield against angry voters.<ref>[http://illinois.statehousenewsonline.com/4817/dem-leaders-talk-tax-hike/ "Dem leaders talk tax hike," ''Illinois Statehouse News'', January 4, 2011]</ref>
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Tracy said Democrats only want GOP votes as a shield against angry voters.<ref>[http://illinois.statehousenewsonline.com/4817/dem-leaders-talk-tax-hike/ ''Illinois Statehouse News'', "Dem leaders talk tax hike," January 4, 2011]</ref>
  
 
===Budget, 2011===
 
===Budget, 2011===
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“I don’t know that that gets us to a point where the tax increase goes away. I think the numbers, the way they run out, will not allow the tax increase to go away if we’re only at 1.2 (billion dollars),” Murphy said.
 
“I don’t know that that gets us to a point where the tax increase goes away. I think the numbers, the way they run out, will not allow the tax increase to go away if we’re only at 1.2 (billion dollars),” Murphy said.
  
The state increased the personal and corporate income taxes earlier this year by 67 percent and 45.9 percent, respectively. The tax increases will expire in four years unless the General Assembly  votes to extend them.<ref>[http://illinois.statehousenewsonline.com/5918/senators-unhappy-with-proposed-budget-2/ "Senators unhappy with proposed budget," ''Illinois Statehouse News'', May 3, 2011]</ref>
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The state increased the personal and corporate income taxes earlier this year by 67 percent and 45.9 percent, respectively. The tax increases will expire in four years unless the General Assembly  votes to extend them.<ref>[http://illinois.statehousenewsonline.com/5918/senators-unhappy-with-proposed-budget-2/ ''Illinois Statehouse News'', "Senators unhappy with proposed budget," May 3, 2011]</ref>
  
 
===Expired nominations===
 
===Expired nominations===
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Fifteen salaried and 23 unsalaried positions were up in the air in January 2011, including those of interim Illinois State Police Director Jonathon Monken and interim Illinois Commerce Commission Chair Manuel Flores.
 
Fifteen salaried and 23 unsalaried positions were up in the air in January 2011, including those of interim Illinois State Police Director Jonathon Monken and interim Illinois Commerce Commission Chair Manuel Flores.
 
   
 
   
“We in the new Senate cannot take action on that old paperwork. There is no paperwork supporting those individuals to be in office today,” said Madiar.<ref>[http://illinois.statehousenewsonline.com/4950/senate-looks-to-clear-out-expired-nominations-2/ "Senate looks to clear out expired nominations," ''Illinois Statehouse News'', January 18, 2011]</ref>
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“We in the new Senate cannot take action on that old paperwork. There is no paperwork supporting those individuals to be in office today,” said Madiar.<ref>[http://illinois.statehousenewsonline.com/4950/senate-looks-to-clear-out-expired-nominations-2/ ''Illinois Statehouse News'', "Senate looks to clear out expired nominations," January 18, 2011]</ref>
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===Pensions===
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As of October 2013, the Illinois state pension was expected to run out by the end of the decade at less than 40 percent funded, the lowest in the country. This fact did not seem to alarm Senate President John Cullerton.
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"People really misunderstand the nature of this whole problem. Quite frankly, I don't think you can use the word 'crisis' to describe it at the state level," said Cullerton.
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To fix the state's pension problems, Cullerton and the rest of the state legislature increased the state's flat income tax in 2011. The rate went from three percent to five percent. The corporate rate also went up, from 4.8 percent to seven percent. These tax increases brought in about $6 billion dollars each year for the state pension program. Though they were supposed to go back down in 2015, Cullerton said the state cannot afford to end these increases. He explained that if the tax increases were phased out, huge cuts would have to be made in order to continue funding pensions.<ref>[http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303448104579149490934108898 ''Wall Street Journal Political Diary'', "The Illinois Pension Mess," October 22, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2014===
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{{IL SD6 2014}}
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===2012===
 
===2012===
 
::''See also: [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012]]''
 
::''See also: [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012]]''
  
Cullerton won re-election in the [[State legislative elections, 2012|2012 election]] for [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012|Illinois State Senate]] District 6. He was unopposed in the Democratic Primary on March 20<ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/InfoForCandidates.aspx ''Illinois State Board of Elections'' "Candidate List," December 5, 2011]</ref><ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/Downloads/ElectionInformation/VoteTotals/2012GPOfficialVote.pdf ''Illinois State Board of Elections,'' "Official 2012 Primary Results"]</ref> and was unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/Downloads/ElectionInformation/VoteTotals/2012GEOfficialVote.pdf Illinois State Board of Elections, “Official Vote - November 6, 2012 General Election,” accessed December 31, 2012]</ref>
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Cullerton won re-election in the [[State legislative elections, 2012|2012 election]] for [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012|Illinois State Senate]] District 6. He was unopposed in the Democratic Primary on March 20<ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/InfoForCandidates.aspx ''Illinois State Board of Elections,'' "Candidate List," December 5, 2011]</ref><ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/Downloads/ElectionInformation/VoteTotals/2012GPOfficialVote.pdf ''Illinois State Board of Elections,'' "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed February 17, 2014]</ref> and was unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/Downloads/ElectionInformation/VoteTotals/2012GEOfficialVote.pdf ''Illinois State Board of Elections,'' “Official Vote - November 6, 2012 General Election,” accessed December 31, 2012]</ref>
  
 
{{Election box 2012
 
{{Election box 2012
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===2008===
 
===2008===
  
On November 4, 2008, Democrat John Cullerton won re-election to the [[Illinois State Senate]] District 6 receiving 73,323 votes, ahead of Republican Jay Valko (21,320 votes).<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_election_results.phtml?s=IL&y=2008 ''Illinois Senate election results for 2008'']</ref>
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On November 4, 2008, Democrat John Cullerton won re-election to the [[Illinois State Senate]] District 6 receiving 73,323 votes, ahead of Republican Jay Valko (21,320 votes).<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_election_results.phtml?s=IL&y=2008 ''followthemoney.org,'' "Illinois Senate election results for 2008," accessed February 17, 2014]</ref>
 
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| align="right" | 21,320
 
| align="right" | 21,320
 
|}
 
|}
 
 
  
 
==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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{{Comprehensive donor history
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|Name = Cullerton
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|Full name = John Cullerton
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|year = 1996
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|Editdate = July 12, 2013
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|link =<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/uniquecandidate.phtml?uc=1506 ''followthemoney.org'', "Cullteron, John J," accessed July 12, 2013]</ref>
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|party = Democratic
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|totalraised2012 = 2737346
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|result2012 = Won
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|office2012 = [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012|Illinois State Senate, District 6]]
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|totalraised2010 = 2143179
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|result2010 = N/A
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|office2010 = [[Illinois State Senate|Illinois State Senate, District 6]]
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|totalraised2008 = 1133320
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|result2008 = Won
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|office2008 = [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2008|Illinois State Senate, District 6]]
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|totalraised2006 = 462025
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|result2006 = Won
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|office2006 = [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2006|Illinois State Senate, District 6]]
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|totalraised2004 = 263998
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|result2004 = N/A
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|office2004 = [[Illinois State Senate|Illinois State Senate, District 6]]
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|totalraised2002 = 200371
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|result2002 = Won
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|office2002 = [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2002|Illinois State Senate, District 6]]
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|totalraised2000 = 127288
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|result2000 = Won
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|office2000 = [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2000|Illinois State Senate, District 6]]
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|totalraised1998 = 131347
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|result1998 = N/A
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|office1998 = [[Illinois State Senate|Illinois State Senate, District 6]]
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|totalraised1996 = 136956
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|result1996 = Won
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|office1996 = [[Illinois State Senate|Illinois State Senate, District 6]]
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}}
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===2012===
 
===2012===
{{State leg donor}}
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{{SLP donor box 2012
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|name = Cullerton
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|full Name = John Cullerton
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=142834
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|office= Illinois State Senate
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|new = no
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised = 2,737,346
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|org1 = Illinois Laborers
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|org2 = Teamsters
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|org3 = Service Employees Illinois Council
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|org4 = Illinois Healthcare Association
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|org5 = International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
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|orgamount1 = 100000
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|orgamount2 = 100000
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|orgamount3 = 100000
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|orgamount4 = 95000
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|orgamount5 = 76500
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|}}
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===2010===
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{{SLP donor box 2010
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|name = Cullerton
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|full Name = John Cullerton
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=116886
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|office= Illinois State Senate
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|new = off
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised = 2,143,179
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|org1 = Illinois Healthcare Association
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|org2 = Comcast
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|org3 = Illinois Hospital & Health Systems Association
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|org4 = Eychaner, Fred
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|org5 = Illinois State Medical Society
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|orgamount1 = 100000
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|orgamount2 = 85420
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|orgamount3 = 76250
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|orgamount4 = 75000
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|orgamount5 = 74500
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|}}
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===2008===
 
===2008===
In 2008, Cullerton collected $1,133,320 in donations.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=98646|2008 Cullerton Campaign Donors]</ref>
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{{SLP donor box 2008
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|name = Cullerton  
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|full Name = John Cullerton
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=98646
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|office= Illinois State Senate
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|new = no
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised = 1,133,320
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|org1 = Levin, Donald R
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|org2 = Citizens for Viverito
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|org3 = Steans, Harrison & Lois
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|org4 = At&T
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|org5 = Comcast
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|orgamount1 = 100000
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|orgamount2 = 25000
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|orgamount3 = 25000
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|orgamount4 = 21500
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|orgamount5 = 11334
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|}}
  
Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.
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===2006===
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{{SLP donor box 2006
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|name = Cullerton
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|full Name = John Cullerton
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=79700
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|office= Illinois State Senate
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|new = no
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised = 462,025
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|org1 = Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
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|org2 = Penn National Gaming
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|org3 = Citizens for Quigley
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|org4 = Illinois State Bar Association
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|org5 = Raceway Associates
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|orgamount1 = 15000
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|orgamount2 = 7000
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|orgamount3 = 6500
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|orgamount4 = 6250
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|orgamount5 = 6000
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|}}
  
{{legislative donor box}}
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===2004===
|-
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{{SLP donor box 2004
| Donald R. Levin
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|name = Cullerton
| align="right" | $100,000
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|full Name = John Cullerton
|-
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=71047
| Harrison & Lois Steans
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|office= Illinois State Senate
| align="right" | $25,000
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|new = off
|-
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|party = Democratic
| Citizens for Viverito
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|total raised = 263,998
| align="right" | $25,000
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|org1 = Citizens For John Cullerton
|-
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|org2 = Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
| AT&T
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|org3 = Illinois Hospital & Health Systems Association
| align="right" | $21,500
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|org4 = Attorneys Title Guaranty Fund
|-
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|org5 = John T Oconnell Ltd
| Comcast
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|orgamount1 = 20000
| align="right" | $11,334
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|orgamount2 = 7000
|-
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|orgamount3 = 5000
| Cooney & Conway
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|orgamount4 = 4400
| align="right" | $10,600
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|orgamount5 = 4000
|-
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|}}
| Chicago Federation of Labor & Industrial Union Council
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| align="right" | $10,500
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|-
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| Midwest Energy
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| align="right" | $10,000
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|-
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| Illinois Education Association
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| align="right" | $10,000
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|-
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| Association of Midwest Public Insurance Adjusters
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| align="right" | $10,000
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|-
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| Chicagoland Speedway
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| align="right" | $10,000
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|-
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| Penn National Gaming
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| align="right" | $10,000
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|-
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| Michael Heisley
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| align="right" | $10,000
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|-
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| Harrahs
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| align="right" | $8,500
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|-
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| Illinois Federation of Teachers
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| align="right" | $8,000
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|-
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| Association of Beer Distributors of Illinois
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| align="right" | $7,500
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|-
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| Illinois Venture Capital Association
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| align="right" | $7,348
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|-
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| Illinois Credit Union League
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| align="right" | $7,300
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|-
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| Chicago Automobile Association
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| align="right" | $7,000
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|-
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| Illinois Bankers Association
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| align="right" | $6,000
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|}
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==Recent news==
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===2002===
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term '''John + Cullerton + Illinois + Senate'''
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{{SLP donor box 2002
:''All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.''
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|name = Cullerton
<rss>http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&gl=us&q=John+Cullerton+Illinois+Senate&um=1&ie=UTF-8&output=rss|template=slpfeed|max=10|title=John Dix News Feed</rss>
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|full Name = John Cullerton  
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=3782
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|office= Illinois State Senate
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|new = no
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised = 200,371
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|org1 = Suffredin for Cook County
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|org2 = Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
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|org3 = Illinois State Bar Association
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|org4 = Illinois Hospital & Health Systems Association
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|org5 = Illinois Education Association
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|orgamount1 = 10000
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|orgamount2 = 4500
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|orgamount3 = 4500
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|orgamount4 = 4150
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|orgamount5 = 3000
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|}}
  
==District 6==
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===2000===
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{{SLP donor box 2000
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|name = Cullerton
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|full Name = John Cullerton
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=30393
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|office= Illinois State Senate
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|new = no
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised = 127,288
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|org1 = Suffredin Jr, Lawrence J
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|org2 = Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
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|org3 = Illinois Hospital & Health Systems Association
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|org4 = Illinois State Bar Association
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|org5 = Bally Total Fitness Corp
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|orgamount1 = 4000
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|orgamount2 = 3000
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|orgamount3 = 2500
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|orgamount4 = 2250
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|orgamount5 = 2000
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|}}
  
Cullerton represents Illinois Senate District 6. District 6 includes in the Northeast and Near East sides of Chicago<ref>[http://www.ilchamber.org/Chamber_PAC/District_maps/legislative_dist_neil.pdf "Illinois Chamber of * [[Commerce Committee, Illinois State Senate]], Northeast Illinois Legislative District Maps, July 29, 2009]</ref>.
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===1998===
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{{SLP donor box 1998
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|name = Cullerton  
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|full Name = John Cullerton
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=30013
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|office= Illinois State Senate
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|new = off
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised = 131,347
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|org1 = Citizens For Sara Feigenholtz
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|org2 = Stefani, Philip
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|org3 = Cable Television & Communications Association of Illinois
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|org4 = Illinois Hospital & Health Systems Association
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|org5 = Household International
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|orgamount1 = 7000
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|orgamount2 = 2000
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|orgamount3 = 2000
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|orgamount4 = 2000
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|orgamount5 = 1500
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|}}
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===1996===
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{{SLP donor box 1996
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|name = Cullerton
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==Endorsements==
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===2014===
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In 2014, Cullerton's endorsements include the following:
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* Equality Illinois Political Action Committee<ref>[http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Equality-Illinois-PAC-issues-endorsements/45896.html ''Windy City Media Group,'' "Equality Illinois PAC issues endorsements," January 17, 2014]</ref>
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* The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)<ref>[http://www.ilafl-cio.org/documents/COPEendorsements11614.pdf ''Illinois AFL-CIO,'' "2014 Illinois AFL-CIO Primary Election Endorsements," accessed March 5, 2014]</ref>
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==Scorecards==
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===Illinois Opportunity Project===
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::''See also: [[Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card]]''
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The Illinois Opportunity Project, "an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds," annually releases its '''Legislative Vote Card''', grading all members in both chambers of the [[Illinois General Assembly]] on the basis of their support of "pro-growth economic policies that increase personal freedom and reign in expansive government."<ref>[https://illinoisopportunity.org/the-project/ ''Illinois Opportunity Project,'' "The Project," accessed February 21, 2013]</ref><ref name="IOP">[http://illinoisopportunity.org/votecard/ ''Illinois Opportunity Project,'' "Legislative Vote Card home page," accessed February 21, 2013]</ref>
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Cullerton received a score of 37.50 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of F according to the IOP’s grading scale.  His score was tied for the 37th highest among all 59 members of the [[Illinois State Senate]] included in the Vote Card.<ref name="IOP"/>
  
 
==Personal==
 
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John and his wife, Pamela, have five children.<ref name=pvs/>
  
John is married to Pamela Cullerton. They have six children and reside in Chicago, Illinois.  
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==Additional reading==
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*[http://www.senatorcullerton.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=13&Itemid=182 John Cullerton News]
  
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==See also==
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*[[Illinois State Senate]]
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*[[Illinois State Legislature]]
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* [http://www.ilga.gov/senate/Senator.asp?GA=98&MemberID=1865 Biography, bills and committees] at the 98th Illinois General Assembly
*[http://www.ilsenatedems.org/senators/senate-president-john-cullerton-chicago Senate President profile] at Illinois Senate Democrats
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**Previous sessions: [http://www.ilga.gov/senate/Senator.asp?GA=97&MemberID=1639 97th], [http://www.ilga.gov/senate/Senator.asp?GA=96&MemberID=1423 96th], [http://www.ilga.gov/senate/Senator.asp?GA=95&MemberID=1209 95th], [http://www.ilga.gov/senate/Senator.asp?GA=94&MemberID=981 94th], [http://www.ilga.gov/senate/Senator.asp?GA=93&MemberID=719 93rd]
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*Campaign contributions via [followthemoney.org Follow the Money]: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=142834 2012], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=116886 2010], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=98646 2008], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=79700 2006], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=71047 2004], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=3782 2002], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=30393 2000], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=30013 1998], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=29618 1996]
  
 
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John Cullerton
John Cullerton.jpg
Illinois State Senate District 6
Incumbent
In office
1991 - Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 23
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
President of the Senate
Compensation
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1990
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Illinois House of Representatives
1979 - 1991
Education
Bachelor'sLoyola University (1970)
J.D.Loyola University (1974)
Military service
Service/branchIllinois National Guard
Years of service1970 - 1976
Personal
BirthdayOctober 28, 1948
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
ProfessionPartner, Thompson Coburn LLC
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
John J. Cullerton is the Democratic of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 6 and serving as President of the Senate. He was first elected to the chamber in 1990.

He previously served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1979 to 1991.

Biography

Cullerton earned his Bachelor's and J.D. from Loyola-Chicago in 1970 and 1974, respectively. His professional experience includes working as a Public Defender in Cook County.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Cullerton served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Committee of the Whole
Executive

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Cullerton served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Cullerton served on these committees:[2]

Issues

Tax hike


Cullerton on tax hike and pension cap

The Illinois State Senate passed a plan for a two point income tax hike, from 3 percent to 5 percent. At the start of the 2011 session, Quinn met with Democratic leaders to speak about passing tax hike legislation in the House. Gov. Pat Quinn is pulling for a hike of at least 1 percent.[3]

Senate President Cullerton said the House is going to have to act first.

"We already passed an income tax out of the Senate," Cullerton said. "So they're talking about getting the vote to pass an income tax out of the House."

House Republicans hesitate to support any tax increase without concessions from Quinn and legislative Democrats.

State Rep Jil Tracy said while there has been talk of Medicaid, workers' comp and education reform, talk isn't going to get many votes.

"I only hope there's been a lot of real reform talked about that's going to be shown in legislation," she said. "I'm not sure."

Tracy said Democrats only want GOP votes as a shield against angry voters.[4]

Budget, 2011

Both Republican and Democrat Senators were concerned that they didn't have enough time to before voting up or down the $1.2 billion in cuts to Gov. Pat Quinn’s introduced $35.4 billion budget.

As the Senate President, Sen. Cullerton sought this vote in a time crunch that made many senators uncomfortable.

“When we make these cuts they are real, and they affect real people,” Sen. Mike Jacobs said. “So we do have to be careful and I do agree with my colleague Senator (William) Delgado that we should go through this list slowly, completely and without an eye on which constituent gets help and what constituent gets hurt, but based on numbers.”

Sen. Matt Murphy said he too was concerned about the small time frame and reiterated his concern that reductions in spending as introduced don’t go far enough.

“I don’t know that that gets us to a point where the tax increase goes away. I think the numbers, the way they run out, will not allow the tax increase to go away if we’re only at 1.2 (billion dollars),” Murphy said.

The state increased the personal and corporate income taxes earlier this year by 67 percent and 45.9 percent, respectively. The tax increases will expire in four years unless the General Assembly votes to extend them.[5]

Expired nominations

Eric Madiar, chief legal counsel to Senate President John Cullerton, sent a letter to Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka in early January 2011, pointing out that 38 gubernatorial nominations expired with the closing of the previous General Assembly, and therefore should not be paid a salary or expenses.

Fifteen salaried and 23 unsalaried positions were up in the air in January 2011, including those of interim Illinois State Police Director Jonathon Monken and interim Illinois Commerce Commission Chair Manuel Flores.

“We in the new Senate cannot take action on that old paperwork. There is no paperwork supporting those individuals to be in office today,” said Madiar.[6]

Pensions

As of October 2013, the Illinois state pension was expected to run out by the end of the decade at less than 40 percent funded, the lowest in the country. This fact did not seem to alarm Senate President John Cullerton.

"People really misunderstand the nature of this whole problem. Quite frankly, I don't think you can use the word 'crisis' to describe it at the state level," said Cullerton.

To fix the state's pension problems, Cullerton and the rest of the state legislature increased the state's flat income tax in 2011. The rate went from three percent to five percent. The corporate rate also went up, from 4.8 percent to seven percent. These tax increases brought in about $6 billion dollars each year for the state pension program. Though they were supposed to go back down in 2015, Cullerton said the state cannot afford to end these increases. He explained that if the tax increases were phased out, huge cuts would have to be made in order to continue funding pensions.[7]

Elections

2014

See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Illinois State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place March 18, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Incumbent John J. Cullerton ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Stefanie Linares ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Cullerton and Linares will face off in the general election.[8][9][10]

2012

See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Cullerton won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 6. He was unopposed in the Democratic Primary on March 20[11][12] and was unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[13]

Illinois State Senate, District 6, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Cullerton Incumbent 100% 76,111
Total Votes 76,111

2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat John Cullerton won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 6 receiving 73,323 votes, ahead of Republican Jay Valko (21,320 votes).[14]

Illinois State Senate, District 6 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Cullerton (D) 73,323
Jay Valko (R) 21,320

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cullerton is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Cullerton raised a total of $7,335,830 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 12, 2013.[15]

John Cullerton's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State Senate, District 6 Won $2,737,346
2010 Illinois State Senate, District 6 Not up for election $2,143,179
2008 Illinois State Senate, District 6 Won $1,133,320
2006 Illinois State Senate, District 6 Won $462,025
2004 Illinois State Senate, District 6 Not up for election $263,998
2002 Illinois State Senate, District 6 Won $200,371
2000 Illinois State Senate, District 6 Won $127,288
1998 Illinois State Senate, District 6 Not up for election $131,347
1996 Illinois State Senate, District 6 Won $136,956
Grand Total Raised $7,335,830

2012

Cullerton won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Cullerton raised a total of $2,737,346.
Illinois State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Cullerton's campaign in 2012
Illinois Laborers$100,000
Teamsters$100,000
Service Employees Illinois Council$100,000
Illinois Healthcare Association$95,000
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$76,500
Total Raised in 2012$2,737,346
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Cullerton was not up for election to the Illinois State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Cullerton raised a total of $2,143,179.

2008

Cullerton won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Cullerton raised a total of $1,133,320.

2006

Cullerton won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Cullerton raised a total of $462,025.

2004

Cullerton was not up for election to the Illinois State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Cullerton raised a total of $263,998.

2002

Cullerton won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Cullerton raised a total of $200,371.

2000

Cullerton won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Cullerton raised a total of $127,288.

1998

Cullerton was not up for election to the Illinois State Senate in 1998. During that election cycle, Cullerton raised a total of $131,347.

1996

Cullerton won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 1996. During that election cycle, Cullerton raised a total of $136,956.

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Cullerton's endorsements include the following:

  • Equality Illinois Political Action Committee[16]
  • The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)[17]

Scorecards

Illinois Opportunity Project

See also: Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card

The Illinois Opportunity Project, "an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds," annually releases its Legislative Vote Card, grading all members in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on the basis of their support of "pro-growth economic policies that increase personal freedom and reign in expansive government."[18][19]

2012

Cullerton received a score of 37.50 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of F according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the 37th highest among all 59 members of the Illinois State Senate included in the Vote Card.[19]

Personal

John and his wife, Pamela, have five children.[1]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Project Vote Smart, "John Cullerton," accessed February 17, 2014
  2. Illinois General Assembly, "List of Illinois Senate Committees," July 28, 2009
  3. Illinois Statehouse News, "Cullerton on Tax Hike," January 4, 2011
  4. Illinois Statehouse News, "Dem leaders talk tax hike," January 4, 2011
  5. Illinois Statehouse News, "Senators unhappy with proposed budget," May 3, 2011
  6. Illinois Statehouse News, "Senate looks to clear out expired nominations," January 18, 2011
  7. Wall Street Journal Political Diary, "The Illinois Pension Mess," October 22, 2013
  8. Illinois Secretary of State, "Official candidate list," accessed March 18, 2014
  9. Illinois Board of Elections, "General Primary Election Official Canvass," April 18, 2014
  10. Illinois Secretary of State, "Official general election candidate list," accessed March 18, 2014
  11. Illinois State Board of Elections, "Candidate List," December 5, 2011
  12. Illinois State Board of Elections, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed February 17, 2014
  13. Illinois State Board of Elections, “Official Vote - November 6, 2012 General Election,” accessed December 31, 2012
  14. followthemoney.org, "Illinois Senate election results for 2008," accessed February 17, 2014
  15. followthemoney.org, "Cullteron, John J," accessed July 12, 2013
  16. Windy City Media Group, "Equality Illinois PAC issues endorsements," January 17, 2014
  17. Illinois AFL-CIO, "2014 Illinois AFL-CIO Primary Election Endorsements," accessed March 5, 2014
  18. Illinois Opportunity Project, "The Project," accessed February 21, 2013
  19. 19.0 19.1 Illinois Opportunity Project, "Legislative Vote Card home page," accessed February 21, 2013
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