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McConnaughay and her husband, John, live in St. Charles.  They have three children and two grandchildren.<ref>[http://mcconnaughayforsenate.org/?page_id=242 ''McConnaughay for Senate,'' "About," accessed January 10, 2012]</ref>
McConnaughay and her husband, John, live in St. Charles.  They have three children and two grandchildren.<ref>[http://mcconnaughayforsenate.org/?page_id=242 ''McConnaughay for Senate,'' "About," accessed January 10, 2012]</ref>

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Karen McConnaughay
Karen McConnaughay.jpg
Illinois State Senate District 33
In office
2013 - Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 2
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Date of birthMarch 1, 1957
ProfessionSmall business owner
Office website
Campaign website
Karen McConnaughay is a Republican member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 33. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


McConnaughay attended College of DuPage. She was chairman of the Kane County Board from 2004-2012 and chairman of the Northeastern Illinois Regional Water Supply Planning Group.[1][2]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, McConnaughay served on the following committees:[1]

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations II
Committee of the Whole
Financial Institutions
Public Pensions & State Investments


Campaign themes


McConnaughay's following campaign themes were highlighted by The Geneva Patch:[3]

  • Pension
Excerpt: "Our success as a state is dependent on first tackling the state’s pension problems, an issue that existed long before I arrive in the Senate. Our pension system has left us financially crippled and we must push the state to fiscal responsibility and accountability, while ensuring that the burden is kept off of the backs of our citizens."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Our funding and budget issues have affected more than just our pension system and impact all areas of government. Our education system is failing to meet the needs of our children who will be expected to compete in a global economy. I do not take my responsibility as a member of the Education Funding Task Force lightly. We must continue to strive for equitable, quality education, for all of our children."
  • Transportation
Excerpt: "I am committed to improving our transit systems, through thoughtful, comprehensive, transportation investments. Through infrastructure enhancements and new transit programs, our state can remain the critical transportation hub of this nation," she said. "But this must be done through a transparent and collaborative regional approach that ensures prudent and fair investment across the transit system."
  • Government
Excerpt: "We must ensure that all elected representatives are being held accountable. With greater transparency comes increased efficiency and accountability. We must demand a window be opened so that we all may see into our local village halls, county buildings, and state offices."


McConnaughay's following campaign themes were highlighted by The Daily Herald:[4]

  • Economy
Excerpt: "Sustainable job creation requires economic growth, not government intervention. Government over-regulation hampers investment and growth, over-taxation costs jobs and excess spending drains resources from the free market and discourages innovation and entrepenureship. I will evaluate every vote in the Senate for whether or not it enhances the state's economic growth."
  • Government
Excerpt: "Reducing the size and scope of government. Government in Illinois is simply too big. We have too many units of government that inefficiently provide necessary services. The state exacerbates existing regulatory structures with more and more layers of interference rarely shown to be cost effective. I will support efforts to shrink number of governmental bodies in Illinois and to slash the sheer volume of state regulation."
  • Leadership
Excerpt: "Bringing proven new leadership to Springfield. It is painfully evident to most Illinois citizens that state government has failed to effectively address many issues resulting in a fiscal and economic crisis."



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Illinois State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 18, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Incumbent Karen McConnaughay (R) ran unopposed in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[5][6][7]


See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

McConnaughay won election in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 33. McConnaughay defeated Cliff Surges in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012 and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[8][9][10][11]

Illinois State Senate, District 33, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKaren McConnaughay Incumbent 100% 69,573
Total Votes 69,573
Illinois State Senate, District 33 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKaren McConnaughay 61.3% 12,487
Cliff Surges 38.7% 7,889
Total Votes 20,376

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for McConnaughay is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, McConnaughay raised a total of $276,915 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.[12]

Karen McConnaughay's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State Senate, District 33 Won $276,915
Grand Total Raised $276,915


McConnaughay won election to the Illinois State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, McConnaughay raised a total of $276,915.


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In 2014, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 29 through June 2.[13]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "impacted the social work profession and their clients."


In 2013, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 9 through May 31.[14]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative issues.


McConnaughay and her husband, John, live in St. Charles. They have three children and two grandchildren.[15]

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Preceded by
Dan Kotowski (D)
Illinois Senate District 33
Succeeded by