Political party strength in Illinois

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The following table indicates the party of elected officials in the U.S. state of Illinois:

The table also indicates the historical party composition in the:

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.

Table[edit]

The parties are as follows:       Democratic (D),       Democratic-Republican (DR),       Republican (R), and       a tie or coalition within a group of elected officials.

Year Executive offices General Assembly United States Congress Electoral College votes
Governor Lieutenant Governor Sec. of State Attorney General Comptroller/Auditor[1] Treasurer State Senate State House U.S. Senator (Class 2) U.S. Senator (Class 3) U.S. House
1809 Ninian Edwards (DR)[2] vacant
1810
1811
1812
1813
1814
1815
1816
1817
1818
Shadrach Bond (DR) Pierre Menard (DR)
1819
1820
1821
1822
1823 Edward Coles (DR) Adolphus Hubbard (DR)
1824
1825
1826
1827 Ninian Edwards (DR) William Kinney (DR)
1828
1829
1830
1831 John Reynolds (D[3] Zadok Casey (D)[3]
1832
1833
William Lee D. Ewing (D)
1834
William Lee D. Ewing (D)[4] vacant
1835 Joseph Duncan (D) Alexander Jenkins (D)[5]
1836
1837 William H. Davidson (D)
1838
1839 Thomas Carlin (D) Stinson Anderson
1840
1841
1842
1843 Thomas Ford (D) John Moore (D)
1844
1845
1846
1847 Augustus C. French (D) Joseph Wells (D)
1848
1849 William McMurtry (D)
1850
1851
1852
1853 Joel Aldrich Matteson (D) Gustavus Koerner (D)
1854
1855
1856
1857 William Henry Bissell (R)[6] John Wood (R) 13D, 12R 55D, 30R
1858
1859 14D, 11R 40D, 35R
1860
John Wood (R)[4] Thomas Marshall (D)
1861 Richard Yates (R) Francis Hoffmann (R) 13R, 12D 41R, 34D
1862
1863 13D, 12R 55D, 30R
1864
1865 Richard James Oglesby (R) William Bross (R) 14R, 11D 51R, 34D
1866
1867 16R, 9D 60R, 25D
1868
1869 John M. Palmer (R) John Dougherty (R) 18R, 7D 58R, 27D
1870
1871 30R, 20D 98R, 76D, 1I
1872
1873 Richard James Oglesby (R)[7] John Lourie Beveridge (R) 33R, 18D[8] 86R, 67D
John Lourie Beveridge (R)[4] John Early (R)
1874
1875 Archibald A. Glenn (D) 24R, 18D, 9I[9] 69R, 42D, 41I[10]
1876
1877 Shelby Moore Cullom (R)[11] Andrew Shuman (R) 22D, 21R, 8I[12] 79R, 67D, 7I
1878
1879 26R, 24D, 1I 80R, 60D, 10G, 3S
1880
1881 John Marshall Hamilton (R) 32R, 18D, 1S 82R, 71D
1882
1883 31R, 20D 77R, 75D, 1I
John Marshall Hamilton (R)[4] William Campbell (R)
1884
1885 Richard James Oglesby (R) John Smith (R) 26R, 25D 76D, 76R, 1I[13]
1886
1887 33R, 18D 92R, 61D
1888
1889 Joseph W. Fifer (R) Lyman Ray (R) 33R, 18D 92R, 61D
1890
1891 27R, 24D 77D, 73R, 3FA
1892
1893 John Peter Altgeld (D) Joseph B. Gill (D) Maurice Moloney (D) 29D, 22R 78D, 75R
1894
1895 33R, 18D 92R, 61D
1896
1897 John Riley Tanner (R) William Northcott (R) Edward Akin (R) 39R, 11D, 1P 89R, 62D, 2P
1898
1899 34R, 16D, 1P 81R, 71D, 1Proh.
1900
1901 Richard Yates (R) Howland Hamlin (R) 32R, 19D 81R, 72D
1902
1903 36R, 15D 88R, 62D, 2Pub. Own., 1Proh.
1904
1905 Charles S. Deneen (R) Lawrence Sherman (R) William H. Stead (R) 41R, 10D 91R, 57D, 3Proh., 2S
1906
1907 44R, 7D 90R, 60D, 3Proh.
1908
1909 John G. Oglesby (R) 38R, 13D 88R, 65D
1910
1911 34R, 17D 82R, 68D, 2I, 1Proh.
1912
1913 Edward Fitzsimmons Dunne (D) Barratt O'Hara (D) Lewis G. Stevenson (D) Patrick Lucey (D) James J. Brady (D) 25R, 24D, 2Prog.[14] 71D, 52R, 27Prog., 3S[15]
1914
1915 25D, 25R, 1Prog.[16] 79R, 70D, 2S, 1I, 1Prog.
1916
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
1918
1919 Fred E. Sterling (R) 34R, 17D 90R, 63D
1920
1921 Len Small (R) Fred E. Sterling (R) Edward E. Miller (R) 43R, 8D 95R, 58D
1922
1923 Oscar Nelson (R) 42R, 9D 89R, 63D, 1I
1924
1925 Oscar Carlstrom (R) Oscar Nelson (R) Omer N. Custer (R) 38R, 13D 94R, 59D
1926
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
1930
1931 Edward J. Barrett (D) 33R, 18D 81R, 72D
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt and John N. Garner (D)
1933 Henry Horner (D)[6] Thomas Donovan (D) Edward J. Hughes (D) Otto Kerner, Sr. (D)[17] Edward J. Barrett (D) John Cunningham Martin (D) 33D, 18R 80D, 73R
1934
1935 John Henry Stelle (D) 35D, 16R 84D, 69R
1936
1937 John Henry Stelle (D) John Cunningham Martin (D) 34D, 17R 86D, 67R
1938
1939 John E. Cassidy (D)[18] 30D, 21R 80R, 73D
1940
John Henry Stelle (D)[4] 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
1942
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
1946
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)
1950
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)[17] Orville E. Hodge (R) Elmer J. Hoffman (R) 38R, 13D
1954
1955 Warren E. Wright (R) 32R, 19D 79R, 74D
1956
1957 Elmer J. Hoffman (R) 38R, 20D 94R, 83D
1958
1959 Grenville Beardsley (R)[6] Joseph D. Lohman (D) 34R, 24D 92D, 85R
1960 William Guild (R)[18] John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson (D)
1961 Otto Kerner, Jr. (D)[17] 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
1966
1967 Adlai E. Stevenson III (D) 38R, 20D 99R, 78D Charles H. Percy (R)
1968
Samuel H. Shapiro (D)[4] vacant Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew (R)
1969 Richard B. Ogilvie (R) Paul Simon (D) William J. Scott (R)[19] 94R, 83D Ralph Tyler Smith (R)
1970 John W. Lewis, Jr. (R)
1971 Alan J. Dixon (D) 29D, 29R[20] 90R, 87D Adlai E. Stevenson III (D)
1972
1973 Dan Walker (D) Neil Hartigan (D) Michael J. Howlett (D) George Lindberg (R) 30R, 29D 92R, 84D, 1I
1974
1975 34D, 25R 98D, 76R, 3I
1976 Gerald Ford and Bob Dole (R)
1977 James R. Thompson (R) Dave O'Neal (R)[5] Alan J. Dixon (D) Michael J. Bakalis (D) Donald R. Smith (R) 93D, 83R, 1I
1978
1979 Roland Burris (D) Jerome Cosentino (D) 32D, 27R 88D, 88R, 1I[21]
1980 Tyrone C. Fahner (R)[22] Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush (R)
1981 30D, 29R 91R, 85D, 1I Alan J. Dixon (D)
vacant Jim Edgar (R)[23]
1982
1983 George Ryan (R) Neil Hartigan (D) James Donnewald (D) 33D, 26R 70D, 48R
1984
1985 31D, 28R 67D, 51R Paul Simon (D) 13D, 9R
1986
1987 Jerome Cosentino (D)
1988 George H. W. Bush and Dan Quayle (R)
1989 68D, 50R 14D, 8R
1990
1991 Jim Edgar (R) Robert W. Kustra (R)[5] 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
1994
1995 Jim Ryan (R) Loleta Didrickson (R) Judy Baar Topinka (R) 33R, 26D 64R, 54D 10D, 10R
1996
1997 31R, 28D 60D, 58R Richard Durbin (D)
1998
vacant
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)
2001
2002
2003 Rod Blagojevich (D)[24] 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)[25] 10D, 9R
2006
2007 Alexi Giannoulias (D) 37D, 22R 66D, 52R
10D, 8R
2008 67D, 51R Barack Obama and Joe Biden (D)
11D, 8R
2009 Pat Quinn (D)[4] vacant 70D, 48R Roland Burris (D)[18] 12D, 7R
2010
2011 Sheila Simon (D) Judy Baar Topinka (R)[6] Dan Rutherford (R) 35D, 24R 64D, 54R Mark Kirk (R) 11R, 8D
2012
2013 40D, 19R 71D, 47R 12D, 6R
2014
2015 Bruce Rauner (R) Evelyn Sanguinetti (R) Jerry Stermer (D)[26] Mike Frerichs (D) 39D, 20R 10D, 8R
Leslie Munger (R)[18]
2016
Year Governor Lieutenant Governor Sec. of State Attorney General Comptroller/Auditor[1] 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[edit]

Gallery of Illinois election results
Illinois in the 2004 Presidential election. Kerry v. Bush
Illinois in the 2008 Presidential Election. Obama v. McCain
Illinois' gubernatorial race in 2010. Notice Pat Quinn's win despite the rest of the state's overwhelming support for Republican candidate Bill Brady. Notice that Quinn and Giannoulias won the same counties. 
2010 US Senate election results in Illinois. The Republicans gain a seat in the Senate with Mark Kirk's victory. Notice Giannoulias won the same counties as Quinn. 
2004 US Senate election results in Illinois. Obama was elected Senator. 

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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
  2. ^ Territorial governor.
  3. ^ a b Resigned following election to United States House of Representatives.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g As acting lieutenant governor, filled unexpired term.
  5. ^ a b c Resigned.
  6. ^ a b c d Died in office.
  7. ^ Resigned so that Lieutenant Governor John Lourie Beveridge, acting as governor, would appoint him to the United States Senate.
  8. ^ 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
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^ A coalition of Democrats and Independents came together to run the House, and chose Elijah M. Haines, a Independent, to be Speaker. p. 193
  11. ^ Resigned to take elected seat in the United States Senate.
  12. ^ 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
  13. ^ The Independent, Elijah M. Haines, was elected Speaker with Democratic support, giving them control.
  14. ^ With the support of the Progressive members, the Democrats named the President Pro Tempore and controlled the chamber.
  15. ^ After 76 ballots, a Democrat, William B. McKinley, was elected Speaker with Republican votes. p. 100
  16. ^ With the support of the Progressive member, the Democrats named the President Pro Tempore and controlled the chamber.
  17. ^ a b c Resigned to take seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
  18. ^ a b c d Appointed to fill vacancy.
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ With a Democratic Lt. Governor, the Democrats retained the Senate majority and the Senate Presidency.
  21. ^ The Independent, Taylor Pouncey, caucused with the Democrats, giving them the votes to control the Speakership and run the House. [1]
  22. ^ Appointed to fill Attorney General William J. Scott's term upon Scott's removal from office.
  23. ^ Initially appointed to fill vacancy; later elected in his own right.
  24. ^ Impeached and removed from office by the state legislature on corruption charges.
  25. ^ Resigned following election as president of the United States.
  26. ^ 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.

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