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Mike Jacobs
Mike Jacobs IL.jpg
Illinois State Senate District 36
In office
2005 - Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 10
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$132/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Illinois, Springfield
Master'sUniversity of West Florida
Date of birthJune 25, 1960
Place of birthMoline, Illinois
Office website
Campaign website
Mike Jacobs is a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate. Jacobs has served in the Illinois Senate since 2005. Jacobs was re-elected in November of 2008 with his term expiring in 2012. Before becoming a Senator, Jacobs was a Downstate Liaison for Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.

Jacobs graduated from Illinois-Springfield with his Bachelor's Degree in Political Studies and his Master's in Political Science from West Florida.

Committee assignments


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

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Conservation
Appropriations II
Committee of the Whole


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Jacobs served on these committees:[1]


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. John 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.[2]

Sex offenders

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office backs a legislation that would give law enforcement an extra tool to prevent registered sex offenders from harassing victims and their family members. Jacobs co-sponsored the measure.

House Bill 277 would make harassment of victims and their families by sex offenders a felony, which carries a two- to five-year prison sentence and a fine of up to $25,000.

A convicted child sex offender in Harvey inspired the legislation. This offender harassed a victim and the victim’s family at home with repeated phone calls to prevent them from testifying in court.

“This will allow courts to go after people who victimize people, and then victimize their family,” said Sen. Jacobs.

The state Senate voted 57-0 to approve the measure, which returns to the House for approval, as of May 23, 2011.[3]



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Jacobs won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in District 36 in the 2012 election. Jacobs defeated Mike Boland in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012 and defeated Bill Albracht (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6][7]

Illinois State Senate, District 36, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Jacobs Incumbent 54.8% 51,086
     Republican Bill Albracht 45.2% 42,102
Total Votes 93,188

Illinois State Senate Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Jacobs Incumbent 53.8% 7,693
Mike Boland 46.2% 6,602
Total Votes 14,295


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Mike Jacobs won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 36 receiving 55,448 votes, ahead of Republican Michael Bertelsen who received 38,882 votes.[8]

Illinois State Senate, District 36 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Jacobs (D) 55,448
Michael Bertelsen (R) 38,882

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2008, Jacobs collected $403,546 in donations.[9]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Illinois Senate Democratic Fund $40,000
Friends of Clayborne $20,000
Illinois State Medical Society $17,574
MidAmerican Energy $13,500
Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois $11,000
Illinois Education Association $8,500
AFSCME Illinois Council 31 $7,800
Ameren $6,500
Illinois Health Care Association $6,250
Unicare Life Insurance $6,000
John Deere & Co. $6,000
Altria $5,750
AT&T $5,000
Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois $5,000
Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois $5,000
Silverstein for Senator $5,000
Multi Player Gaming Technologies $5,000
Illinois Hospital & Health Systems Association $4,500
Humana $4,500
Operating Engineers Local 150 $4,000


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."[10][11]


Jacobs received a score of 62.50 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of C- according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the 24th highest among all 59 members of the Illinois State Senate included in the Vote Card.[11]

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District 36

Jacobs represents Illinois Senate District 36. District 36 includes the Quad Cities Area and the City of Moline[12].


Mike is married to Beth Wendt. They have one child and reside in Moline, Illinois.

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