Terry Link

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Terry Link
Terry Link.jpg
Illinois State Senate District 30
In office
1997 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2013
Years in position 18
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$132/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First elected1996
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sStout State University
Date of birthMarch 20, 1947
Place of birthWaukegan, Illinois
Office website
Personal website
Terry Link is a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate. He has represented District 30 since 1997 and currently serves as a Majority Whip. Link was re-elected in November of 2008 with his term expiring in 2012.

Link graduated with his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout (Formerly Stout State). Link is a former business owner and Director of Government Affairs for Johnson Controls.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Link has been appointed to these committees:


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


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 is running for election to the Illinois State Senate in District 36 in the 2012 election. Link is running unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012. The general election takes place on November 6, 2012.[3]


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.[4]

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


In 2008, Link collected $540,931 in donations.[5]

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

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District 30

Link represents Illinois Senate District 30. District 30 includes the Northeast Chicago suburbs of Lake Bluff and Libertyville[6].


Terry is married to Susan Link. They have four children and reside in Vernon Hills, Illinois.

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Illinois Senate District 30
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