Political party strength in Illinois
||This article is incomplete. (December 2014)|
- Lieutenant Governor
- Secretary of State
- Attorney General
- Comptroller/ Auditor (before 1972)
The table also indicates the historical party composition in the:
- State Senate
- State House of Representatives
- State delegation to the U.S. Senate
- State delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives
Political party strength in Illinois is highly dependent upon the county. Cook County, the most populous county in Illinois, encompassing essentially all of Chicago, is a Democratic stronghold. However, Illinois' reputation as a blue state rests upon the fact that the majority of its population and political power is concentrated in Chicago. Outside of Chicago, Illinois is a purple state. DuPage County, including the western suburbs of Chicago, on the other hand, has traditionally been a Republican stronghold, although Democrats have gained some ground in the 2012 congressional elections there. The majority of the state is mostly Republican, although the state atmosphere tends to be moderate.
Illinois' electoral college votes have gone towards the Democratic presidential candidate for the past six elections, although its congressional makeup tends to remain evenly balanced between Republicans and Democrats. For years in which a presidential election was held, the table indicates which party's nominees received the state's electoral votes.
|Year||Executive offices||General Assembly||United States Congress||Electoral College votes|
|Governor||Lieutenant Governor||Sec. of State||Attorney General||Comptroller/Auditor||Treasurer||State Senate||State House||U.S. Senator (Class 2)||U.S. Senator (Class 3)||U.S. House|
|1809||Ninian Edwards (DR)||vacant|
|Shadrach Bond (DR)||Pierre Menard (DR)|
|1823||Edward Coles (DR)||Adolphus Hubbard (DR)|
|1827||Ninian Edwards (DR)||William Kinney (DR)|
|1831||John Reynolds (D||Zadok Casey (D)|
|William Lee D. Ewing (D)|
|William Lee D. Ewing (D)||vacant|
|1835||Joseph Duncan (D)||Alexander Jenkins (D)|
|1837||William H. Davidson (D)|
|1839||Thomas Carlin (D)||Stinson Anderson|
|1843||Thomas Ford (D)||John Moore (D)|
|1847||Augustus C. French (D)||Joseph Wells (D)|
|1849||William McMurtry (D)|
|1853||Joel Aldrich Matteson (D)||Gustavus Koerner (D)|
|1857||William Henry Bissell (R)||John Wood (R)||13D, 12R||55D, 30R|
|1859||14D, 11R||40D, 35R|
|John Wood (R)||Thomas Marshall (D)|
|1861||Richard Yates (R)||Francis Hoffmann (R)||13R, 12D||41R, 34D|
|1863||13D, 12R||55D, 30R|
|1865||Richard James Oglesby (R)||William Bross (R)||14R, 11D||51R, 34D|
|1867||16R, 9D||60R, 25D|
|1869||John M. Palmer (R)||John Dougherty (R)||18R, 7D||58R, 27D|
|1871||30R, 20D||98R, 76D, 1I|
|1873||Richard James Oglesby (R)||John Lourie Beveridge (R)||33R, 18D||86R, 67D|
|John Lourie Beveridge (R)||John Early (R)|
|1875||Archibald A. Glenn (D)||24R, 18D, 9I||69R, 42D, 41I|
|1877||Shelby Moore Cullom (R)||Andrew Shuman (R)||22D, 21R, 8I||79R, 67D, 7I|
|1879||26R, 24D, 1I||80R, 60D, 10G, 3S|
|1881||John Marshall Hamilton (R)||32R, 18D, 1S||82R, 71D|
|1883||31R, 20D||77R, 75D, 1I|
|John Marshall Hamilton (R)||William Campbell (R)|
|1885||Richard James Oglesby (R)||John Smith (R)||26R, 25D||76D, 76R, 1I|
|1887||33R, 18D||92R, 61D|
|1889||Joseph W. Fifer (R)||Lyman Ray (R)||33R, 18D||92R, 61D|
|1891||27R, 24D||77D, 73R, 3FA|
|1893||John Peter Altgeld (D)||Joseph B. Gill (D)||Maurice Moloney (D)||29D, 22R||78D, 75R|
|1895||33R, 18D||92R, 61D|
|1897||John Riley Tanner (R)||William Northcott (R)||Edward Akin (R)||39R, 11D, 1P||89R, 62D, 2P|
|1899||34R, 16D, 1P||81R, 71D, 1Proh.|
|1901||Richard Yates (R)||Howland Hamlin (R)||32R, 19D||81R, 72D|
|1903||36R, 15D||88R, 62D, 2Pub. Own., 1Proh.|
|1905||Charles S. Deneen (R)||Lawrence Sherman (R)||William H. Stead (R)||41R, 10D||91R, 57D, 3Proh., 2S|
|1907||44R, 7D||90R, 60D, 3Proh.|
|1909||John G. Oglesby (R)||38R, 13D||88R, 65D|
|1911||34R, 17D||82R, 68D, 2I, 1Proh.|
|1913||Edward Fitzsimmons Dunne (D)||Barratt O'Hara (D)||Lewis G. Stevenson (D)||Patrick Lucey (D)||James J. Brady (D)||25R, 24D, 2Prog.||71D, 52R, 27Prog., 3S|
|1915||25D, 25R, 1Prog.||79R, 70D, 2S, 1I, 1Prog.|
|1917||Frank O. Lowden (R)||John G. Oglesby (R)||Louis L. Emmerson (R)||Edward Brundage (R)||Andrew Russel (R)||Len Small (R)||33R, 18D||85R, 67D, 1I|
|1919||Fred E. Sterling (R)||34R, 17D||90R, 63D|
|1921||Len Small (R)||Fred E. Sterling (R)||Edward E. Miller (R)||43R, 8D||95R, 58D|
|1923||Oscar Nelson (R)||42R, 9D||89R, 63D, 1I|
|1925||Oscar Carlstrom (R)||Oscar Nelson (R)||Omer N. Custer (R)||38R, 13D||94R, 59D|
|1927||41R, 10D||93R, 60D|
|1928||Herbert Hoover and Charles Curtis (R)|
|1929||Louis Lincoln Emmerson (R)||William J. Stratton (R)||Omer N. Custer (R)||40R, 11D||91R, 62D|
|1931||Edward J. Barrett (D)||33R, 18D||81R, 72D|
|1932||Franklin D. Roosevelt and John N. Garner (D)|
|1933||Henry Horner (D)||Thomas Donovan (D)||Edward J. Hughes (D)||Otto Kerner, Sr. (D)||Edward J. Barrett (D)||John Cunningham Martin (D)||33D, 18R||80D, 73R|
|1935||John Henry Stelle (D)||35D, 16R||84D, 69R|
|1937||John Henry Stelle (D)||John Cunningham Martin (D)||34D, 17R||86D, 67R|
|1939||John E. Cassidy (D)||30D, 21R||80R, 73D|
|John Henry Stelle (D)||vacant||Franklin D. Roosevelt and Henry A. Wallace (D)|
|1941||Dwight H. Green (R)||Hugh W. Cross (R)||George F. Barrett (R)||Warren E. Wright (R)||28R, 23D||79R, 74D|
|1943||William Stratton (R)||84R, 69D|
|1944||Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman (D)|
|1945||Edward J. Barrett (D)||Conrad F. Becker (R)||34R, 17D||78R, 75D|
|1947||Richard Yates Rowe (R)||37R, 14D||87R, 66D|
|1948||Harry S. Truman and Alben W. Barkley (D)|
|1949||Adlai Stevenson (D)||Sherwood Dixon (D)||Ivan A. Elliott (D)||Ora Smith (D)||33R, 18D||79D, 74R||Paul Douglas (D)|
|1951||William Stratton (R)||31R, 27D||84R, 69D||Everett Dirksen (R)|
|1952||Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon (R)|
|1953||William Stratton (R)||John William Chapman (R)||Charles F. Carpentier (R)||Latham Castle (R)||Orville E. Hodge (R)||Elmer J. Hoffman (R)||38R, 13D|
|1955||Warren E. Wright (R)||32R, 19D||79R, 74D|
|1957||Elmer J. Hoffman (R)||38R, 20D||94R, 83D|
|1959||Grenville Beardsley (R)||Joseph D. Lohman (D)||34R, 24D||92D, 85R|
|1960||William Guild (R)||John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson (D)|
|1961||Otto Kerner, Jr. (D)||Samuel H. Shapiro (D)||William G. Clark (D)||Michael J. Howlett (D)||31R, 27D||89R, 88D|
|1962||Francis S. Lorenz (D)|
|1963||William J. Scott (R)||35R, 23D||90R, 87D|
|1964||William H. Chamberlain (D)||Lyndon B. Johnson and Hubert Humphrey (D)|
|1965||Paul Powell (D)||33R, 25D||118D, 59R|
|1967||Adlai E. Stevenson III (D)||38R, 20D||99R, 78D||Charles H. Percy (R)|
|Samuel H. Shapiro (D)||vacant||Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew (R)|
|1969||Richard B. Ogilvie (R)||Paul Simon (D)||William J. Scott (R)||94R, 83D||Ralph Tyler Smith (R)|
|1970||John W. Lewis, Jr. (R)|
|1971||Alan J. Dixon (D)||29D, 29R||90R, 87D||Adlai E. Stevenson III (D)|
|1973||Dan Walker (D)||Neil Hartigan (D)||Michael J. Howlett (D)||George Lindberg (R)||30R, 29D||92R, 84D, 1I|
|1975||34D, 25R||98D, 76R, 3I|
|1976||Gerald Ford and Bob Dole (R)|
|1977||James R. Thompson (R)||Dave O'Neal (R)||Alan J. Dixon (D)||Michael J. Bakalis (D)||Donald R. Smith (R)||93D, 83R, 1I|
|1979||Roland Burris (D)||Jerome Cosentino (D)||32D, 27R||88D, 88R, 1I|
|1980||Tyrone C. Fahner (R)||Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush (R)|
|1981||30D, 29R||91R, 85D, 1I||Alan J. Dixon (D)|
|vacant||Jim Edgar (R)|
|1983||George Ryan (R)||Neil Hartigan (D)||James Donnewald (D)||33D, 26R||70D, 48R|
|1985||31D, 28R||67D, 51R||Paul Simon (D)||13D, 9R|
|1987||Jerome Cosentino (D)|
|1988||George H. W. Bush and Dan Quayle (R)|
|1989||68D, 50R||14D, 8R|
|1991||Jim Edgar (R)||Robert W. Kustra (R)||George Ryan (R)||Roland Burris (D)||Dawn Clark Netsch (D)||Pat Quinn (D)||72D, 46R||15D, 7R|
|1992||Bill Clinton and Al Gore (D)|
|1993||32R, 27D||67D, 51R||Carol Mosley Braun (D)||12D, 8R|
|1995||Jim Ryan (R)||Loleta Didrickson (R)||Judy Baar Topinka (R)||33R, 26D||64R, 54D||10D, 10R|
|1997||31R, 28D||60D, 58R||Richard Durbin (D)|
|1999||George Ryan (R)||Corinne Wood (R)||Jesse White (D)||Daniel Hynes (D)||32R, 27D||62D, 56R||Peter Fitzgerald (R)|
|2000||Al Gore and Joe Lieberman (D)|
|2003||Rod Blagojevich (D)||Pat Quinn (D)||Lisa Madigan (D)||32D, 26R, 1I||66D, 52R||10R, 9D|
|2004||John Kerry and John Edwards (D)|
|2005||31D, 27R, 1I||65D, 53R||Barack Obama (D)||10D, 9R|
|2007||Alexi Giannoulias (D)||37D, 22R||66D, 52R|
|2008||67D, 51R||Barack Obama and Joe Biden (D)|
|2009||Pat Quinn (D)||vacant||70D, 48R||Roland Burris (D)||12D, 7R|
|2011||Sheila Simon (D)||Judy Baar Topinka (R)||Dan Rutherford (R)||35D, 24R||64D, 54R||Mark Kirk (R)||11R, 8D|
|2013||40D, 19R||71D, 47R||12D, 6R|
|2015||Bruce Rauner (R)||Evelyn Sanguinetti (R)||Jerry Stermer (D)||Mike Frerichs (D)||39D, 20R||10D, 8R|
|Leslie Munger (R)|
|Year||Governor||Lieutenant Governor||Sec. of State||Attorney General||Comptroller/Auditor||Treasurer||State Senate||State House||U.S. Senator (Class II)||U.S. Senator (Class III)||U.S. House||Electoral College votes|
|Executive offices||General Assembly||United States Congress|
|Gallery of Illinois election results|
- The Office of Illinois Auditor of Public Accounts existed from 1818-1973, when it was eliminated by the 1970 Constitution and replaced with the office of Comptroller. George W. Lindberg was the first Illinois Comptroller
- Territorial governor.
- Resigned following election to United States House of Representatives.
- As acting lieutenant governor, filled unexpired term.
- Died in office.
- Resigned so that Lieutenant Governor John Lourie Beveridge, acting as governor, would appoint him to the United States Senate.
- Due to the ascension of Lt. Gov. Beveridge to the Governorship after Gov. Oglesby took a U.S. Senate seat, the President Pro Tempore elected by the Senate, John Early, became acting Lt. Governor. p. 193
- A coalition of Democrats and Independents came together to run the Senate, and chose Archibald A. Glenn, a Democrat, to be President Pro Tempore. Due to the vacancy in the Lt. Governorship from John Beveridge ascending to be Governor in 1873, Glenn also became acting Lt. Governor. p. 193
- A coalition of Democrats and Independents came together to run the House, and chose Elijah M. Haines, a Independent, to be Speaker. p. 193
- Resigned to take elected seat in the United States Senate.
- A coalition of Democrats and Independents came together to run the Senate, and chose Fawcett Plumb, an Independent tied to the Farmers' Association, to be President Pro Tempore. p. 193
- The Independent, Elijah M. Haines, was elected Speaker with Democratic support, giving them control.
- With the support of the Progressive members, the Democrats named the President Pro Tempore and controlled the chamber.
- After 76 ballots, a Democrat, William B. McKinley, was elected Speaker with Republican votes. p. 100
- With the support of the Progressive member, the Democrats named the President Pro Tempore and controlled the chamber.
- Resigned to take seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
- Appointed to fill vacancy.
- Removed from Office upon tax fraud conviction: "Ex-Illinois Attorney General Loses Tax Conviction Plea". New York Times. 20 September 1980. Retrieved on 11 Feb. 2009.
- With a Democratic Lt. Governor, the Democrats retained the Senate majority and the Senate Presidency.
- The Independent, Taylor Pouncey, caucused with the Democrats, giving them the votes to control the Speakership and run the House. 
- Appointed to fill Attorney General William J. Scott's term upon Scott's removal from office.
- Initially appointed to fill vacancy; later elected in his own right.
- Impeached and removed from office by the state legislature on corruption charges.
- Resigned following election as president of the United States.
- Appointed by Pat Quinn to fill Baar Topinka's vacancy. Stepped aside to allow Gov. Rauner to appoint a successor.
- Regarding resignations and appointments; the person who held the office for the majority of the year is listed as the office holder for that year.
- Guild III, William (September 1999). "William Guild, Sr." DCBA Brief. Retrieved on 11 Feb. 2009.
- Inventory of the Latham Castle Collection (Historical Sketch). Notes maintained by Northern Illinois University Library. Retrieved on 11 Feb. 2009.