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Terry Link
Terry Link.jpg
Illinois State Senate District 30
In office
1997 - Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 18
Assistant Majority Leader
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sStout State University
Date of birthMarch 20, 1947
Place of birthWaukegan, Illinois
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Terry Link is a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 30 and serving as Majority Whip. He was first elected to the chamber in 1996.

Link earned his Bachelor's from the University of Wisconsin-Stout (Formerly Stout State). His professional experience includes owning a business and working as Director of Government Affairs for Johnson Controls.

Committee assignments


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

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Committee of the Whole
Financial Institutions, Vice-Chairperson
Local Government
Legislative Ethics Commission


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


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


Gaming license

On December 1, 2010, the Illinois Senate voted 31-20 in favor of a plan that allows for five additional casinos and electronic gaming at horse track facilities, increasing the number of licenses for casinos in the state to 15.

Under the plan, new casinos would operate in Chicago, southern Cook County, Danville, Rockford and Waukegan.

"Is it a huge expansion? Yes, I'm not going to deny it. But we have a huge deficit in the state of Illinois, we have got huge problems in the state of Illinois, so you don't look at little things to fix it, you look at big things to fix it," said the bill's sponsor, Sen. Terry Link, D-Waukegan.[2]



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Link won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in District 30 in the 2012 election. Link was unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012 and defeated Don Castella (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

Illinois State Senate, District 30, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTerry Link 66.6% 44,274
     Republican Don Castella 33.4% 22,173
Total Votes 66,447


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Terry Link won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 30 receiving 42,407 votes, ahead of Republican Keith Gray receiving 30,771 votes.[6]

Illinois State Senate, District 30 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Terry Link (D) 42,407
Keith Gray (R) 23,141

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2008, Link collected $540,931 in donations.[7]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Citizens for James M. Houlihan $30,000
Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois $28,000
Illinois Credit Union League $12,572
Illinois Education Association $11,000
Abbott Laboratories $7,000
Harrahs $7,000
Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois $6,900
Midwest Energy $6,900
Community Bankers Association of Illinois $6,500
Midwest Energy $6,000
Lake County Federation of Teachers Local 504 $5,900
Comed $5,650
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association $5,500
Altria $5,500
Illinois Health Care Association $5,500
Illinois State Bar Association $5,250
Agents Insurance Services $5,000
Cottonwood Financial LTD $5,000
Illinois Association of Mortgage Bankers $4,825
Bluestar Energy Services $4,650


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."[8][9]


Link received a score of 37.50 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of F according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the 37th highest among all 59 members of the Illinois State Senate included in the Vote Card.[9]


Terry and his wife, Susan, have four children.

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