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Mike Jacobs, Illinois Senator
|Illinois State Senate District 36|
|2005 - Present|
|January 14, 2015|
|Years in position||10|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||University of Illinois, Springfield|
|Master's||University of West Florida|
|Date of birth||June 25, 1960|
|Place of birth||Moline, Illinois|
Jacobs graduated from Illinois-Springfield with his Bachelor's Degree in Political Studies and his Master's in Political Science from West Florida.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Jacobs served on these committees:
- Appropriations Committee, Illinois State Senate
- Commerce Committee, Illinois State Senate
- Committee of the Whole, Illinois Senate
- Energy Committee, Illinois State Senate, Chair
- Insurance Committee, Illinois State Senate
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Jacobs served on these committees:
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.
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.
- 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.
|Illinois State Senate, District 36, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Mike Jacobs Incumbent||54.8%||51,086|
|Illinois State Senate Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Mike Jacobs Incumbent||53.8%||7,693|
|Illinois State Senate, District 36 (2008)|
|Mike Jacobs (D)||55,448|
|Michael Bertelsen (R)||38,882|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2008, Jacobs collected $403,546 in donations.
Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.
|Illinois Senate Democratic Fund||$40,000|
|Friends of Clayborne||$20,000|
|Illinois State Medical Society||$17,574|
|Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois||$11,000|
|Illinois Education Association||$8,500|
|AFSCME Illinois Council 31||$7,800|
|Illinois Health Care Association||$6,250|
|Unicare Life Insurance||$6,000|
|John Deere & Co.||$6,000|
|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|
|Operating Engineers Local 150||$4,000|
Illinois Opportunity Project
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."
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.
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Jacobs represents Illinois Senate District 36. District 36 includes the Quad Cities Area and the City of Moline.
Mike is married to Beth Wendt. They have one child and reside in Moline, Illinois.
- Campaign Website
- Mike Jacobs' previous campaign website
- Biography from the Illinois General Assembly
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006
- "Illinois General Assembly" List of Illinois Senate Committees, July 28, 2009
- "Senators unhappy with proposed budget," Illinois Statehouse News, May 3, 2011
- "Illinois places limits on protests; sex offender law tougher," By Diane S.W. Lee and Mary J. Cristobal, Illinois Statehouse News, May 23, 2011
- Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List," December 5, 2011
- Illinois State Board of Elections, "Official 2012 Primary Results"
- Illinois Secretary of State - 2012 Primary Results
- Illinois State Board of Elections, “Official Vote - November 6, 2012 General Election,” accessed December 31, 2012
- Illinois Senate election results for 2008
- Jacobs Campaign Donors
- Illinois Opportunity Project, "The Project," accessed February 21, 2013
- Illinois Opportunity Project, Legislative Vote Card home page, accessed February 21, 2013
- "Illinois Chamber of * Commerce Committee, Illinois State Senate, Northeast Illinois Legislative District Maps, July 29, 2009
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