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Mike Jacobs
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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$111/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
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Mike Jacobs is a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 36. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

Jacobs earned his B.S. in Political Studies from Illinois-Springfield and his M.S. in Political Science from West Florida. His professional experience includes working as a Downstate Liaison for Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.

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
Energy, Chairperson
Executive Appointments


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 didn’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 backed 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 have made 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 returned to the House for approval.[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

Comprehensive donor information for Jacobs is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Jacobs raised a total of $2,763,456 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.[9]

Mike Jacobs's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State Senate, District 36 Won $1,599,655
2010 Illinois State Senate, District 36 Not up for election $191,624
2008 Illinois State Senate, District 36 Won $403,546
2006 Illinois State Senate, District 36 Won $568,631
Grand Total Raised $2,763,456


Jacobs won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Jacobs raised a total of $1,599,655.


Jacobs was not up for election to the Illinois State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Jacobs raised a total of $191,624.


Jacobs won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Jacobs raised a total of $403,546.


Jacobs won election to the Illinois State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Jacobs raised a total of $568,631.


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]


Mike and his wife, Beth, have one child.

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