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Illinois State Senate
"Illinois General Assembly
""Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
"Upper house
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 11, 2017
Leadership
"President of the Senate
"John Cullerton ("D)
Since Jan 14, 2009
Majority Leader
"James Clayborne ("D)
Since Nov 20, 2008
Minority Leader
"Christine Radogno ("R)
Since Nov 19, 2008
Structure
Seats 59
""Layout of Illinois
Political groups

Majority

Minority

Authority "Illinois Constitution Article IV
Salary $67,874/year + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 8, 2016
Next election
November 6, 2018
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
""Illinois State Senate.jpg
State Senate Chamber
"Illinois State Capitol
"Springfield, Illinois
Website
Illinois State Senate

The Illinois Senate is the "upper chamber of the "Illinois General Assembly, the "legislative branch of the government of the "state of "Illinois in the United States. The body was created by the first state constitution adopted in 1818. The Illinois Senate is made up of 59 senators elected from individual legislative districts determined by population; redistricted every 10 years, based on the 2010 "U.S. census each senator represents approximately 217,468 people.[1] Under the Illinois Constitution of 1970, senators are divided into three groups, each group having a two-year term at a different part of the decade between censuses, with the rest of the decade being taken up by two four-year terms.[2] Depending on the election year, roughly one-third, two-thirds, or all Senate seats may be contested. In contrast, the "Illinois House of Representatives is made up of 118 members with its entire membership elected to two-year terms. House districts are formed by dividing each Senate district in half.[3]

The Illinois Senate convenes at the "Illinois State Capitol in "Springfield, Illinois. Its first official working day is the second Wednesday of January each year. Its primary duties are to pass bills into law, approve the state budget, confirm appointments to state departments and agencies, act on federal constitutional amendments and propose constitutional amendments for Illinois. It also has the power to override gubernatorial vetoes through a three-fifths majority vote. The Illinois Senate tries impeachments made by the House of Representatives, and can convict impeached officers by a two-thirds vote.

Voting in the Illinois Senate is done by members pushing one of three buttons. Unlike most states, the Illinois Senate allows members to vote yes, no, or present. It takes 30 affirmative votes to pass legislation during final action.[4][5] The number of negative votes does not matter. Therefore, voting present has the same effect on the tally as voting no.

The "Democratic Party of Illinois currently holds a majority in the Illinois Senate.

Contents

Party summary[edit]

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
"Democratic "Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature 39 20 58 0
Begin 37 22 59 0
Latest voting share 62.7% 37.3%

Leadership[edit]

Majority[edit]

Minority[edit]

Officers[edit]

Members[edit]

District Senator Party Residence Took Office Next
Election
1 Munoz, Antonio"Antonio Munoz Democratic "Chicago January 13, 1999 2020
2 Aquino, Omar"Omar Aquino Democratic "Chicago July 1, 2016 Ɨ 2020
3 Hunter, Mattie"Mattie Hunter Democratic "Chicago January 8, 2003 2018
4 Lightford, Kimberly A."Kimberly A. Lightford Democratic "Chicago November 20, 1998 Ɨ 2020
5 Van Pelt, Patricia"Patricia Van Pelt Democratic "Chicago January 9, 2013 2020
6 Cullerton, John"John Cullerton Democratic "Chicago January 31, 1991 Ɨ 2018
7 Steans, Heather"Heather Steans Democratic "Chicago February 10, 2008 Ɨ 2020
8 Silverstein, Ira"Ira Silverstein Democratic "Chicago January 13, 1999 2020
9 Biss, Daniel"Daniel Biss Democratic "Evanston January 9, 2013 2018
10 Mulroe, John G."John G. Mulroe Democratic "Chicago August 16, 2010 2020
11 Sandoval, Martin"Martin Sandoval Democratic "Chicago January 8, 2003 2020
12 Landek, Steven"Steven Landek Democratic "Bridgeview March 1, 2011 Ɨ 2018
13 Raoul, Kwame"Kwame Raoul Democratic "Chicago November 6, 2004 Ɨ 2020
14 Jones III, Emil"Emil Jones III Democratic "Chicago January 14, 2009 2020
15 Harris, Napoleon"Napoleon Harris Democratic "Harvey January 9, 2013 2018
16 Collins, Jacqueline Y."Jacqueline Y. Collins Democratic "Chicago January 8, 2003 2020
17 Trotter, Donne"Donne Trotter Democratic "Chicago January 13, 1993 2020
18 Cunningham, William"William Cunningham Democratic "Chicago January 9, 2013 2018
19 Hastings, Michael"Michael Hastings Democratic "Tinley Park January 9, 2013 2020
20 Martinez, Iris"Iris Martinez Democratic "Chicago January 8, 2003 2020
21 Connelly, Michael"Michael Connelly Republican "Lisle January 9, 2013 2018
22 Castro, Cristina"Cristina Castro Democratic "Elgin January 11, 2017 2020
23 Cullerton, Tom"Tom Cullerton Democratic "Villa Park January 9, 2013 2020
24 Nybo, Chris"Chris Nybo Republican "Elmhurst August 5, 2014 Ɨ 2018
25 Oberweis, Jim"Jim Oberweis Republican "Sugar Grove January 9, 2013 2020
26 McConchie, Dan"Dan McConchie Republican "Hawthorn Woods April 21, 2016 Ɨ 2020
27 Rooney, Tom"Tom Rooney Republican "Rolling Meadows September 28, 2016 Ɨ 2018
28 Murphy, Laura"Laura Murphy Democratic "Des Plaines October 5, 2015 Ɨ 2020
29 Morrison, Julie"Julie Morrison Democratic "Deerfield January 9, 2013 2020
30 Link, Terry"Terry Link Democratic "Waukegan January 8, 1997 2018
31 Bush, Melinda"Melinda Bush Democratic "Grayslake January 9, 2013 2020
32 Althoff, Pamela"Pamela Althoff Republican "McHenry March 3, 2003 2020
33 McConnaughay, Karen"Karen McConnaughay Republican "St. Charles January 9, 2013 2018
34 Stadelman, Steve"Steve Stadelman Democratic "Rockford January 9, 2013 2020
35 Syverson, Dave"Dave Syverson Republican "Rockford January 13, 1993 2020
36 Anderson, Neil"Neil Anderson Republican "Rock Island January 13, 2015 2018
37 Weaver, Chuck"Chuck Weaver Republican "Peoria October 8, 2015 Ɨ 2020
38 Rezin, Sue"Sue Rezin Republican "Morris December 11, 2010 Ɨ 2020
39 Harmon, Don"Don Harmon Democratic "Oak Park January 8, 2003 2018
40 Hutchinson, Toi"Toi Hutchinson Democratic "Olympia Fields January 5, 2009 Ɨ 2020
41 Radogno, Christine"Christine Radogno Republican "Lemont January 8, 1997 2020
42 Holmes, Linda"Linda Holmes Democratic "Aurora January 10, 2007 2018
43 McGuire, Pat"Pat McGuire Democratic "Joliet February 25, 2012 2020
44 Brady, Bill"Bill Brady Republican "Bloomington May 20, 2002 Ɨ 2020
45 Bivins, Tim"Tim Bivins Republican "Dixon March 7, 2008 Ɨ 2018
46 Koehler, David"David Koehler Democratic "Peoria January 10, 2007 2020
47 Tracy, Jil"Jil Tracy Republican "Mount Sterling January 11, 2017 2020
48 Manar, Andy"Andy Manar Democratic "Bunker Hill January 9, 2013 2018
49 Bertino-Tarrant, Jennifer"Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant Democratic "Shorewood January 9, 2013 2020
50 McCann, Sam"Sam McCann Republican "Carlinville January 12, 2011 2020
51 Rose, Chapin"Chapin Rose Republican "Mahomet January 9, 2013 2018
52 Bennett, Scott M."Scott M. Bennett Democratic "Champaign January 12, 2015 Ɨ 2020
53 Barickman, Jason"Jason Barickman Republican "Bloomington January 9, 2013 2018
54 McCarter, Kyle"Kyle McCarter Republican "Lebanon February 2009 Ɨ 2018
55 Righter, Dale"Dale Righter Republican "Mattoon January 8, 2003 2020
56 Haine, William R."William R. Haine Democratic "Alton December 2, 2002 Ɨ 2020
57 Clayborne, Jr., James"James Clayborne, Jr. Democratic "Belleville April 17, 1995 Ɨ 2018
58 Schimpf, Paul"Paul Schimpf Republican "Okawville January 11, 2017 2020
59 Fowler, Dale"Dale Fowler Republican "Harrisburg January 11, 2017 2020

Ɨ Appointed before elected

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20121007180439/http://2010.census.gov/news/pdf/apport2010_table4.pdf
  2. ^ Illinois Constitution Article IV, Section 2(a) http://www.ilga.gov/commission/lrb/con4.htm
  3. ^ Illinois Constitution Article IV, Section 2(b) http://www.ilga.gov/commission/lrb/con4.htm
  4. ^ Gonzales, Nathan (13 February 2007). "The Ever-'Present' Obama". The Rothenberg Political Report. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Burnett, Sara (14 February 2013). "Illinois Senate votes to legalize gay marriage". Associated Press. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 

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