Sam McCann

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Sam McCann
Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 50th district
49th district (2011-2013)
Assumed office
January 2011 (2011-01)
Preceded by Deanna Demuzio (49th District)
Larry Bomke (50th District)
Personal details
Born (1969-11-04) November 4, 1969 (age 48)
West Hamlin, West Virginia
Political party Conservative (2018–present)
Republican (before 2018)
Spouse(s) Vicki
Residence Plainview, Illinois
Alma mater Blackburn College
Occupation Business Owner

William "Sam" McCann (born November 4, 1969) is the Republican Senator representing the 50th district in central Illinois. He was first elected in 2010 in the 49th district, defeating incumbent Democrat Deanna Demuzio.

On April 19, 2018, McCann announced his run for Governor of Illinois as the nominee of the newly-founded Conservative Party.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Sam McCann attended Lewis & Clark Community College and Blackburn College, although he never earned a bachelor's degree.[2]


Starting in 1993, McCann was the President of his own construction company.[3] Records from the Illinois Secretary of State's Office show that "the agency dissolved the corporate status of McCann Construction Services Inc. as of December 2013 for failure to file an annual report and pay an annual franchise tax. McCann Construction Co. was also dissolved as a corporation by the secretary of state on Nov. 14 for the same reasons."[4] As of May 20, 2015, McCann's two companies: McCann Construction and McCann Construction Services faced tax liens from the Internal Revenue Services totaling $185,000.[5]


McCann was first elected in 2010, narrowly defeating incumbent Democrat Deanna Demuzio. It was one of the most expensive and competitive legislative races in the Illinois that year.[6] In 2012, he was re-elected after a primary race against Gray Noll, and without Democratic opposition in the redrawn 50th district.[7] McCann faced another Republican primary race in 2016 when he faced Bryce Benton, whom he narrowly beat by a little over 2,000 votes.[8]


In early 2016, a complaint was filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections alleging that McCann had given himself too much money from his campaign fund for mileage reimbursements that were in excess of the amount that McCann actually traveled, and that McCann had also given himself money from the same fund for "grouped expenditures" which were not properly documented.[9] The "grouped expenditures" totaled $46,719.[10] The total amount for the challenged mileage reimbursements and "grouped expenditures" that McCann personally received from his campaign fund was $85,019.65.[11] After hearing from the complainant and McCann, the board voted unanimously to hold a public hearing.[12] A day before the public hearing was to take place in September 2016, the complaint was dropped, but the complainant, through his attorney, pledged to refile it and include more allegations.[13] In September 2017, McCann came under fire again when he used campaign funds to purchase a 2017 Ford Expedition XLT for $61,146 and a new jeep engine on a personally owned vehicle.[14]


McCann is married to his wife Vicki. They have a son, Trayton, and a daughter, Katherine.


  1. ^ Miller, Rich (April 19, 2018). "Sen. Sam McCann announces for governor as Conservative Party candidate". Capitol Fax. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  2. ^ Illinois General Assembly Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  4. ^ Schoenburg, Bernard. "Sen. McCann continues to face tax liens, court problems". State Journal-Register.
  5. ^ Schoenburg, Bernard. "Sen. McCann continues to face tax liens, court problems". State Journal-Register.
  6. ^ Wetterich, Chris (November 3, 2010). "McCann takes state Senate seat held by Demuzios since 1975". The State Journal-Register. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  7. ^ Finke, Doug (March 20, 2012). "McCann an easy winner in new 50th Senate District". The State Journal-Register. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  8. ^ Ballotpedia Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ Yeagle, Patrick. "McCann to face public hearing on mileage allegation". Illinois Times.
  10. ^ Draper, Nick. "Complaint questions senator's $85,000 in reimbursements". Jacksonville Journal Courier.
  11. ^ IO News Staff. "Benton Presses McCann on Mileage Payments; Phelps Opposes Chicago Schools "Bailout"; More". Illinois Observer.
  12. ^ Finke, Doug. "Sen. Sam McCann's mileage payments to face election board hearing". State Journal-Register.
  13. ^ Olsen, Dean. "Campaign spending complaint against McCann dropped; lawyer says allegations will be refiled". State Journal-Register.
  14. ^ Rushton, Bruce. "McCann buys SUV with campaign money". Illinois Times.

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