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Governor of Illinois
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"Bruce Rauner

since January 12, 2015
"Residence "Illinois Executive Mansion
"Term length Four years, no term limits
Inaugural holder "Shadrach Bond
Formation October 2, 1818 (1818-10-02)
Salary $177,412 (2015)[1]
Website www.illinois.gov/gov/

The Governor of Illinois is the chief executive of the "State of Illinois and the various agencies and departments over which the officer has jurisdiction, as prescribed in the "state constitution. It is a directly elected position, votes being cast by popular suffrage of residents of the state. The governor is responsible for enacting laws passed by the "Illinois General Assembly. Illinois is one of 14 states that does not have a "gubernatorial term-limit. The governor is "commander-in-chief of the state's "land, air and "sea forces, when they are in state service.

The current governor is Republican "Bruce Rauner, who succeeded Democrat "Pat Quinn in 2015.



The term of office of Governor of Illinois is four years, and there is no limit on the number of terms a governor may serve. Inauguration takes place on the second Monday in January following a gubernatorial election. A single term ends four years later. A governor is required to be:


The governor is allowed the occupancy of the "Illinois Executive Mansion in "Springfield, the state capital. Its first occupant was Governor "Joel Aldrich Matteson, who took residence at the mansion in 1855. It is one of three oldest governor's residences in continuous use in the United States.

The governor is also given the use of an "official residence on the "state fair grounds, also located in Springfield. Governors have traditionally used this residence part of the year.

However, some governors, such as "Rod Blagojevich, have chosen to not use the governor's homes as their primary residence, instead commuting either by car or plane to Springfield from their home cities.[2] Many Chicago-based governors also have done much of their business out of the governor's office in Chicago's "James R. Thompson Center, an office building owned by the state named for former governor "James R. Thompson (1977-1991) Illinois' longest-serving governor.


Six Illinois governors have been charged with crimes during or after their governorships; four were convicted, and of those, one (Blagojevich) was the first to be "impeached and removed from office.



See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Governors' Salaries, 2015". The Council of State Governments. June 25, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Illinois Governor Has Pricey Commute". "CBS News. February 11, 2009. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ Ridings, Jim (June 10, 2010). "Len Small & Rod Blagojevich: A Study in Corruption". Chicago Daily Observer. Retrieved August 17, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Other Illinois governors in legal trouble since 1901". "Chicago Tribune. June 19, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Frum, David (2000). How We Got Here: The 70's, the Decade That Brought You Modern Life (for Better or Worse). New York: "Basic Books. p. 29. "ISBN "0-465-04195-7. 
  6. ^ Pensoneau, Taylor; Ellis, Bob (August–September 1993). "Remember Dan Walker, the last Democrat to be governor?". Illinois Issues. University of Illinois at Springfield. 19 (8–9): 45–47. "ISSN 0738-9663. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Kass, John (February 24, 2006). "Special witness poses a special threat". "Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  8. ^ Long, Ray; Pearson, Rick (January 9, 2009). "House impeaches Blagojevich". "Chicago Tribune. Chicago Breaking News Center. Archived from the original on April 2, 2011. Retrieved February 15, 2009. 
  9. ^ Coen, Jeff; Chase, John; Secter, Bob; St. Clair, Stacy; Mack, Kristen (August 17, 2010). "Guilty on just 1 count, Blago taunts U.S. attorney". "Chicago Tribune. Chicago Breaking News Center. Archived from the original on January 19, 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 


1.α Current governor of Illinois Bruce Rauner, who is independently wealthy, has previously stated that he would only accept $1 in salary.[1] In 2015, the "Council of State Governments reported that Rauner had returned all but $1 of his salary to the State of Illinois.[2] However, the pay rate for the title of governor in Illinois remains at $177,412.

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Korecki, Natasha. "For Rauner, it's essential that every dollar matters - Chicago". Chicago. Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved 10 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Burnett, Jennifer. "Governors' Salaries, 2015". knowledgecenter.csg.org. CSG Knowledge Center. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
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