John E. Bradley

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John E. Bradley
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Illinois House of Representatives District 117
In office
June 2003-Present
Term ends
January 12, 2013
Years in position 12
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$132/per session day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
AppointedJune 2003
Term limitsN/A
AssociatesSoutheastern Illinois College
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas at Austin
J.D.University of Illinois Law School at Urbana-Champaign, 1996
Date of birthMay 10, 1971
Place of birthHarrisburg, IL
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
John E. Bradley (b. May 10, 1971) is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 117th District since he was appointed in June 2003.

Bradley is an attorney.

He is a member of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Ducks Unlimited, Marion Rotary International, National Rifle Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, The Royalton Lion's Club, and President of the Southeastern Illinois College Alumni Association.[1]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Bradley has been appointed to the following committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Bradley served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Bradley's campaign website lists the following issues:[2]

  • Keeping Our Communities Safe From Sexual Predators
Excerpt: "The most recent legislation that Representative Bradley helped pass through the House, was Senate Bill 1040. Senate Bill 1040 lengthens the amount of time sex offenders must register with law enforcement and makes them udate (sic) their registrations more often in order to ensure local families know if a sex offender is living near them."
  • Reforming the Workers’ Compensation System
Excerpt: "This spring, Representative Bradley was the Chief Sponsor for House Bill 1698 which reformed the State’s workers’ compensation system. Now law, HB1698 brought pro-business advocates and labor together to make desperately needed changes that expected to cut local employer’s costs by as much as $700 million annually, which will help sustain jobs in Illinois."
  • Defending Our Second Amendment Rights
Excerpt: "Every year, gun-grabbing politicians try to place more restrictions on our right to keep and bear arms. This year was no exception. But bradley (sic) once again stood up to the anti-gun special interests and worked to defeat their radical agenda.
  • Honoring Fallen Soldiers and Their Families
Excerpt: "Every day, members of the Armed Forces fighting the War on Terror put thier (sic) lives on the line to ensure the safety and security of their fellow citizens back home. Some, however, will never return, having made the ultimate sacrafice (sic). Inb (sic) response to demonstations (sic) by hate gourps (sic) at the funerals of fallen soldiers, Representative Bradley strengthened state law by prohibiting anyone from protesting within 300 feet of the entrance or exit of the cemetery or memorial facility before or after a funeral service."

Workers' compensation

In early 2011, Bradley sponsored a bill that would revamp the workers’ compensation system by reducing benefits for injured workers and beefing up measures to reduce fraudulent claims.

“One of the unique and wonderful opportunities about doing workers’ compensation reform is that you get to make most of the state of Illinois mad at the same time … but to do real reform sometimes you have to do that,” said Rep. Bradley. “What we’ve tried to do is get some sacrifice on a lot of different parties, but not total sacrifice on any one party.”

The initiative is expected to limit the amount those claiming workers’ compensation can receive in wage differentials.

Among those who oppose the bill is Michael Carrigan, AFL-CIO president. Carrigan said that although there had been discussion, many issues were left unresolved.

“[We said] thank you we tried, but no thank you. So there is no agreement,” said Carrigan. “You don't partially sell a car or partially sell a home. You either sell it or you don't.”[3]

Craft brewers

In May 2011, the Illinois House unanimously passed a measure, sponsored by Mautino, that would allow craft brewers to distribute their own beer.

“(The measure) grants a limited option to Illinois and out-of-state start up breweries, defined in the bill as craft brewers, to self-distribute beer products pursuant to a permit issued by the Liquor Control Commission,” said state Rep. Frank J. Mautino.

Senate Bill 754 would allow craft brewers that manufacture up to 465,000 gallons of beer per year to distribute not more than 232,500 gallons of their own beer in that same year.

Although the measure had all of the representatives’ support, state Rep. John E. Bradley said this proposal is a Pyrrhic victory for craft brewers.

“We have several of these small businesses throughout the state, in particular in my area, and I support their growth and their attempts to do business within the state,” Bradley said. “However I don’t think that this is going to settle the litigation, which is taking place throughout the state.”

Anheuser-Busch has taken Illinois to court for interfering with the beer company’s distributor licenses.

The measure left for the governor’s desk on May 23, 2011.[4]



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Bradley is running for re-election to the 117th District seat in the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012, and faces Christopher McCann (R) and Dale E. Dorch (C) in the November 6 general election. [5][6]


See also:Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2010

Bradley won re-election to the 117th District seat unopposed. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on February 2nd. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[7]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 117 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John E. Bradley (D) 31,208 100.0%


On November 4, 2008, Democrat John Bradley won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives District 117 receiving 29,793 votes.[8]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 117 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John E. Bradley (D) 29,793
Ron Emery (R) 11,826


On November 7, 2006, Democrat John Bradley won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives District 117. He ran unopposed receiving 29,793 votes.[9]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 117 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John E. Bradley (D) 29,793

Campaign donors


In 2010, Bradley collected $374,653 in campaign contributions. The largest contributors are listed below:[10]


In 2008, Bradley collected $252,234 in donations.[11]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $12,500
Illinois Farm Bureau $11,227
Illinois Realtors Association $9,450
Illinois Health Care Association $6,500
Illinois Pipe Trades $6,000

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