Illinois Senate

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Illinois State Senate
Illinois General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 14, 2015
Leadership
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
Authority Illinois Constitution Article IV
Salary $67,836/year + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 4, 2014
Next election
November 8, 2016
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.

Party summary[edit]

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Democratic Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature 40 19 59 0
Begin 39 20 59 0
Latest voting share 66.1% 33.9%

Leadership[edit]

Majority[edit]

Minority[edit]

Officers[edit]

  • Secretary of the Senate: Tim Anderson
  • Assistant Secretary of the Senate: Scott Kaiser
  • Sergeant-at-Arms: Joe Dominguez
  • Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms: Dirk R. Eilers

Members[edit]

District Representative Party Residence Took Office Next
Election
1 Munoz, AntonioAntonio Munoz Democratic Chicago January 13, 1999 2016
2 Aquino, OmarOmar Aquino Democratic Chicago July 1, 2016 Ɨ 2016
3 Hunter, MattieMattie Hunter Democratic Chicago January 8, 2003 2018
4 Lightford, Kimberly A.Kimberly A. Lightford Democratic Chicago November 20, 1998 Ɨ 2016
5 Van Pelt, PatriciaPatricia Van Pelt Democratic Chicago January 9, 2013 2016
6 Cullerton, JohnJohn Cullerton Democratic Chicago January 31, 1991 Ɨ 2018
7 Steans, HeatherHeather Steans Democratic Chicago February 10, 2008 Ɨ 2016
8 Silverstein, IraIra Silverstein Democratic Chicago January 13, 1999 2016
9 Biss, DanielDaniel Biss Democratic Evanston January 9, 2013 2018
10 Mulroe, John G.John G. Mulroe Democratic Chicago August 16, 2010 2016
11 Sandoval, MartinMartin Sandoval Democratic Chicago January 8, 2003 2016
12 Landek, Steven MSteven M Landek Democratic Bridgeview March 1, 2011 Ɨ 2018
13 Raoul, KwameKwame Raoul Democratic Chicago November 6, 2004 Ɨ 2016
14 Jones III, EmilEmil Jones III Democratic Chicago January 14, 2009 2016
15 Harris, NapoleonNapoleon Harris Democratic Flossmoor January 9, 2013 2018
16 Collins, Jacqueline Y.Jacqueline Y. Collins Democratic Chicago January 8, 2003 2016
17 Trotter, DonneDonne Trotter Democratic Chicago January 13, 1993 2016
18 Cunningham, WilliamWilliam Cunningham Democratic Chicago January 9, 2013 2018
19 Hastings, MichaelMichael Hastings Democratic Tinley Park January 9, 2013 2016
20 Martinez, IrisIris Martinez Democratic Chicago January 8, 2003 2016
21 Connelly, MichaelMichael Connelly Republican Lisle January 9, 2013 2016
22 Noland, MichaelMichael Noland Democratic Elgin January 10, 2007 2016
23 Cullerton, TomTom Cullerton Democratic Villa Park January 9, 2013 2016
24 Nybo, ChrisChris Nybo Republican Elmhurst August 5, 2014 Ɨ 2018
25 Oberweis, JimJim Oberweis Republican Sugar Grove January 9, 2013 2016
26 McConchie, DanDan McConchie Republican Hawthorn Woods April 21, 2016 Ɨ 2016
27 Rooney, TomTom Rooney Republican Rolling Meadows September 15, 2016 Ɨ 2018
28 Murphy, LauraLaura Murphy Democratic Des Plaines October 5, 2015 Ɨ 2016
29 Morrison, JulieJulie Morrison Democratic Deerfield January 9, 2013 2016
30 Link, TerryTerry Link Democratic Waukegan January 8, 1997 2018
31 Bush, MelindaMelinda Bush Democratic Grayslake January 9, 2013 2016
32 Althoff, PamelaPamela Althoff Republican McHenry March 3, 2003 2016
33 McConnaughay, KarenKaren McConnaughay Republican St. Charles January 9, 2013 2018
34 Stadelman, SteveSteve Stadelman Democratic Rockford January 9, 2013 2016
35 Syverson, DaveDave Syverson Republican Rockford January 13, 1993 2016
36 Anderson, NeilNeil Anderson Republican Rock Island January 13, 2015 2018
37 Weaver, ChuckChuck Weaver Republican Peoria October 8, 2015 Ɨ 2016
38 Rezin, SueSue Rezin Republican Morris December 11, 2010 Ɨ 2016
39 Harmon, DonDon Harmon Democratic Oak Park January 8, 2003 2016
40 Hutchinson, ToiToi Hutchinson Democratic Olympia Fields January 5, 2009 Ɨ 2016
41 Radogno, ChristineChristine Radogno Republican Lemont January 8, 1997 2016
42 Holmes, LindaLinda Holmes Democratic Aurora January 10, 2007 2018
43 McGuire, PatPat McGuire Democratic Joliet February 25, 2012 2016
44 Brady, BillBill Brady Republican Bloomington May 20, 2002 Ɨ 2016
45 Bivins, TimTim Bivins Republican Dixon March 7, 2008 Ɨ 2018
46 Koehler, DavidDavid Koehler Democratic Peoria January 10, 2007 2016
47 Sullivan, John M.John M. Sullivan Democratic Rushville January 8, 2003 2016
48 Manar, AndyAndy Manar Democratic Bunker Hill January 9, 2013 2018
49 Bertino-Tarrant, JenniferJennifer Bertino-Tarrant Democratic Shorewood January 9, 2013 2016
50 McCann, SamSam McCann Republican Carlinville January 12, 2011 2016
51 Rose, ChapinChapin Rose Republican Mahomet January 9, 2013 2018
52 Bennett, Scott M.Scott M. Bennett Democratic Champaign January 12, 2015 Ɨ 2016
53 Barickman, JasonJason Barickman Republican Bloomington January 9, 2013 2016
54 McCarter, KyleKyle McCarter Republican Lebanon February 2009 Ɨ 2018
55 Righter, DaleDale Righter Republican Mattoon January 8, 2003 2016
56 Haine, William R.William R. Haine Democratic Alton December 2, 2002 Ɨ 2016
57 Clayborne, Jr., JamesJames Clayborne, Jr. Democratic Belleville April 17, 1995 Ɨ 2018
58 Luechtefeld, DavidDavid Luechtefeld Republican Okawville January 11, 1995 2016
59 Forby, GaryGary Forby Democratic Benton June 7, 2003 Ɨ 2016

Ɨ Legislator was initially appointed to the Illinois Senate prior to being 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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