Illinois House of Representatives
The Illinois House of Representatives is the lower house of the Illinois General Assembly, the bicameral legislature of the U.S. state of Illinois. The body was created by the first Illinois Constitution adopted in 1818. The House consists of 118 representatives elected from individual legislative districts for two-year terms with no limits; redistricted every 10 years, based on the 2010 U.S. census each representative represents approximately 108,734 people.
|Illinois House of Representatives|
|Illinois General Assembly|
New session started
|January 11, 2017|
Length of term
|Authority||Article IV, Illinois Constitution|
|Salary||$67,836/year + per diem|
|November 8, 2016
|November 6, 2018
|House of Representatives Chamber
Illinois State Capitol
|Illinois House of Representatives|
The state legislature has the power to make laws and impeach judges. Lawmakers must be at least 21 years of age and a resident of the district in which they serve for at least two years.
The Illinois General Assembly was created by the first Illinois Constitution adopted in 1818. The candidates for office split into political parties in the 1830s, initially as the Democratic and Whig parties, until the Whig candidates reorganized as Republicans in the 1850s.
Abraham Lincoln began his political career in the Illinois House of Representatives as a member of the Whig party in 1834. He served there until his election in 1860 to as president of the United States. Although Republicans held the majority of seats in the Illinois House after 1860, in the next election it returned to the Democratic Party of Illinois. The Democratic Party-led legislature worked to frame a new state constitution that was ultimately rejected by pink voters, except for provisions to ban black settlement and voting. After the 1862 election, the Democratic-led Illinois House of Representatives passed resolutions denouncing the federal government's conduct of the war and urging an immediate armistice and peace convention, leading the Republican governor to suspend the legislature for the first time in the state's history. In 1864, Republicans swept the state legislature and at the time of Lincoln's assassination at Ford's Theater, Illinois stood as a solidly Republican state. The first two African-American legislators in Illinois were John W. E. Thomas, first elected in 1876, and George French Ecton, elected in 1886.
Cutback Amendment of 1980Edit
Before the Cutback Amendment to the state constitution was passed in 1980, Illinois' lower house had several unique features:
- The state was divided into 59 "legislative districts", but each district elected three representatives, yielding a House of 177 members, again, from just 59 districts.
- Elections were conducted using cumulative voting; each individual voter was given three votes to cast for House seats, and they could distribute them to three candidates (one vote each), one candidate (receiving three votes—this was called a "bullet vote") or two candidates (each receiving 1½ votes).
- Though not constitutionally mandated, the two parties had an informal agreement that they would only run two candidates per district. Thus, in most districts, only four candidates were running for three seats, guaranteeing not only that there would be a single loser, but that each party would have significant representation—a minimum of one-third of the seats—in the House.
The Cutback Amendment was proposed to abolish this system. Since its passage, representatives have been elected from 118 single-member constituencies formed by dividing the 59 Senate districts in half.
Since the adoption of the Cutback Amendment, there have been proposals by some major political figures in Illinois to bring back multi-member districts. A task force led by former governor Jim Edgar and former federal judge Abner Mikva issued a report in 2001 calling for the revival of cumulative voting, in part because it appears that such a system increases the representation of racial minorities in elected office. The Chicago Tribune editorialized in 1995 that the multi-member districts elected with cumulative voting produced better legislators. Others have argued that the now-abandoned system provided for greater "stability" in the lower house.
The Democratic Party won a majority of House seats in 1982. Except for a brief two-year period of Republican control from 1995 to 1997, the Democrats have held the majority since then.
The Illinois House of Representatives meets at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois. It is required to convene on the second Wednesday of January each year. Along with the Illinois Senate and governor, it is vested with the power to make laws, come up with a state budget, act on federal constitutional amendments, and propose constitutional amendments to the state constitution. The Illinois House of Representatives also holds the power to impeach executive and judicial officials.
A person must be a U.S. citizen and two-year resident of an electoral district of at least 21 years of age to serve in the Illinois House of Representatives. Members of the House cannot hold other public offices or receive appointments by the governor while in office.
Composition of the HouseEdit
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|End of previous legislature||71||47||118||0|
|Latest voting share||56.8%||43.2%|
The current Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives is Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), who represents the 22nd district. The Democratic Party of Illinois currently holds a majority of seats in the House. Under the Illinois Constitution, the office of minority leader is recognized for the purpose of making certain appointments. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), representing the 82nd district, currently holds the post.
- Clerk of the House: Timothy D. Mapes
- Chief Doorkeeper: Lee A. Crawford
- Parliamentarian: Heather Wier Vaught
- Assistant Clerk of the House: Bradley S. Bolin
|1||Burke, Daniel J.Daniel J. Burke||Democratic||January 1991||Chicago|
|2||Mah, TheresaTheresa Mah||Democratic||January 2017||Chicago|
|3||Arroyo, LuisLuis Arroyo||Democratic||December 2006 Ɨ||Chicago|
|4||Soto, CynthiaCynthia Soto||Democratic||January 2001||Chicago|
|5||Stratton, JulianaJuliana Stratton||Democratic||January 2017||Chicago|
|6||Harper, SonyaSonya Harper||Democratic||October 2015 Ɨ||Chicago|
|7||Welch, Emanuel ChrisEmanuel Chris Welch||Democratic||January 2013||Hillside|
|8||Ford, LaShawnLaShawn Ford||Democratic||January 2007||Chicago|
|9||Turner, ArtArt Turner||Democratic||December 2010 ƗƗ||Chicago|
|10||Conyears, MelissaMelissa Conyears||Democratic||January 2017||Chicago|
|11||Williams, AnnAnn Williams||Democratic||January 2011||Chicago|
|12||Feigenholtz, SaraSara Feigenholtz||Democratic||January 1995||Chicago|
|13||Harris, GregGreg Harris||Democratic||December 2006 ƗƗ||Chicago|
|14||Cassidy, KellyKelly Cassidy||Democratic||May 2011 Ɨ||Chicago|
|15||D'Amico, John C.John C. D'Amico||Democratic||November 2004 ƗƗ||Chicago|
|16||Lang, LouLou Lang||Democratic||January 1987||Skokie|
|17||Fine, LauraLaura Fine||Democratic||January 2013||Glenview|
|18||Gabel, RobynRobyn Gabel||Democratic||April 2010 Ɨ||Evanston|
|19||Martwick, Jr, Robert F.Robert F. Martwick, Jr||Democratic||January 2013||Norridge|
|20||McAuliffe, Michael P.Michael P. McAuliffe||Republican||July 1996 Ɨ||Chicago|
|21||Tabares, SilvanaSilvana Tabares||Democratic||January 2013||Chicago|
|22||Madigan, MichaelMichael Madigan||Democratic||January 1971||Chicago|
|23||Zalewski, Michael J.Michael J. Zalewski||Democratic||December 2008 ƗƗ||Riverside|
|24||Hernandez, ElizabethElizabeth Hernandez||Democratic||January 2007||Cicero|
|25||Currie, Barbara FlynnBarbara Flynn Currie||Democratic||January 1979||Chicago|
|26||Mitchell, ChristianChristian Mitchell||Democratic||January 2013||Chicago|
|27||Slaughter, JustinJustin Slaughter||Democratic||January 2017 Ɨ||Chicago|
|28||Rita, RobertRobert Rita||Democratic||January 2003||Blue Island|
|29||Jones, ThaddeusThaddeus Jones||Democratic||January 2011||Calumet City|
|30||Davis, WilliamWilliam Davis||Democratic||January 2003||Homewood|
|31||Flowers, Mary E.Mary E. Flowers||Democratic||January 1985||Chicago|
|32||Thapedi, AndreAndre Thapedi||Democratic||January 2009||Chicago|
|33||Evans, Jr., Marcus C.Marcus C. Evans, Jr.||Democratic||April 2012 Ɨ||Chicago|
|34||Sims, ElgieElgie Sims||Democratic||August 2012 Ɨ||Chicago|
|35||Hurley, Frances AnnFrances Ann Hurley||Democratic||January 2013||Chicago|
|36||Burke, Kelly M.Kelly M. Burke||Democratic||January 2011||Evergreen Park|
|37||McDermed, MargoMargo McDermed||Republican||January 2015||Mokena|
|38||Riley, AlAl Riley||Democratic||January 2007||Olympia Fields|
|39||Guzzardi, WillWill Guzzardi||Democratic||January 2015||Chicago|
|40||Andrade Jr., JaimeJaime Andrade Jr.||Democratic||August 2013 Ɨ||Chicago|
|41||Wehrli, GrantGrant Wehrli||Republican||January 2015||Naperville|
|42||Ives, JeanneJeanne Ives||Republican||January 2013||Wheaton|
|43||Moeller, AnnaAnna Moeller||Democratic||March 2014 Ɨ||Elgin|
|44||Crespo, FredFred Crespo||Democratic||January 2007||Hoffman Estates|
|45||Winger, ChristineChristine Winger||Republican||January 2015||Wood Dale|
|46||Conroy, DeborahDeborah Conroy||Democratic||January 2013||Villa Park|
|47||Bellock, Patricia R.Patricia R. Bellock||Republican||January 1999||Hinsdale|
|48||Breen, PeterPeter Breen||Republican||January 2015||Lombard|
|49||Fortner, MikeMike Fortner||Republican||January 2007||West Chicago|
|50||Wheeler, Keith R.Keith R. Wheeler||Republican||January 2015||Oswego|
|51||Sauer, NickNick Sauer||Republican||January 2017||Lake Barrington|
|52||McSweeney, DavidDavid McSweeney||Republican||January 2013||Barrington Hills|
|53||Harris, DavidDavid Harris||Republican||January 2011||Mount Prospect|
|54||Morrison, ThomasThomas Morrison||Republican||January 2011||Palatine|
|55||Moylan, MartyMarty Moylan||Democratic||January 2013||Des Plaines|
|56||Mussman, MichelleMichelle Mussman||Democratic||January 2011||Schaumburg|
|57||Nekritz, ElaineElaine Nekritz||Democratic||January 2003||Northbrook|
|58||Drury, ScottScott Drury||Democratic||January 2013||Highwood|
|59||Sente, CarolCarol Sente||Democratic||September 2009 Ɨ||Vernon Hills|
|60||Mayfield, RitaRita Mayfield||Democratic||July 2010 Ɨ||Waukegan|
|61||Jesiel, SheriSheri Jesiel||Republican||August 2014 Ɨ||Winthrop Harbor|
|62||Yingling, SamSam Yingling||Democratic||January 2013||Grayslake|
|63||Reick, SteveSteve Reick||Republican||January 2017||Woodstock|
|64||Wheeler, BarbaraBarbara Wheeler||Republican||January 2013||Crystal Lake|
|65||Andersson, StevenSteven Andersson||Republican||January 2015||Geneva|
|66||Skillicorn, AllenAllen Skillicorn||Republican||January 2017||Algonquin|
|67||Wallace, LitesaLitesa Wallace||Democratic||August 2014 Ɨ||Rockford|
|68||Cabello, JohnJohn Cabello||Republican||August 2012 Ɨ||Machesney Park|
|69||Sosnowski, JoeJoe Sosnowski||Republican||January 2011||Rockford|
|70||Pritchard, Robert W.Robert W. Pritchard||Republican||December 2003 Ɨ||Hinckley|
|71||McCombie, TonyTony McCombie||Republican||January 2017||Savanna|
|72||Halpin, MichaelMichael Halpin||Democratic||January 2017||Milan|
|73||Spain, RyanRyan Spain||Republican||January 2017||Peoria|
|74||Swanson, DanielDaniel Swanson||Republican||January 2017||Woodhull|
|75||Welter, DavidDavid Welter||Republican||July 2016 Ɨ||Morris|
|76||Long, Jerry LeeJerry Lee Long||Republican||January 2017||Streator|
|77||Willis, KathleenKathleen Willis||Democratic||January 2013||Addison|
|78||Lilly, Camille Y.Camille Y. Lilly||Democratic||April 2010 Ɨ||Chicago|
|79||Parkhurst, LindsayLindsay Parkhurst||Republican||January 2017||Kankakee|
|80||DeLuca, AnthonyAnthony DeLuca||Democratic||March 2009 Ɨ||Chicago Heights|
|81||Olsen, David S.David S. Olsen||Republican||August 2016 Ɨ||Downers Grove|
|82||Durkin, JimJim Durkin||Republican||January 2006 Ɨ||Western Springs|
|83||LaVia, Linda ChapaLinda Chapa LaVia||Democratic||January 2003||Aurora|
|84||Kifowit, StephanieStephanie Kifowit||Democratic||January 2013||Oswego|
|85||McAsey, EmilyEmily McAsey||Democratic||January 2009||Lockport|
|86||Walsh, Jr., Lawrence M.Lawrence M. Walsh, Jr.||Democratic||April 2012 Ɨ||Elwood|
|87||Butler, TimTim Butler||Republican||March 2015 Ɨ||Springfield|
|88||Sommer, Keith P.Keith P. Sommer||Republican||January 1999 Ɨ||Morton|
|89||Stewart, Brian W.Brian W. Stewart||Republican||October 2013 Ɨ||Freeport|
|90||Demmer, TomTom Demmer||Republican||January 2013||Dixon|
|91||Unes, Michael D.Michael D. Unes||Republican||January 2011||East Peoria|
|92||Gordon, JehanJehan Gordon||Democratic||January 2009||Peoria|
|93||Hammond, NorineNorine Hammond||Republican||December 2010 Ɨ||Macomb|
|94||Frese, RandyRandy Frese||Republican||January 2015||Paloma|
|95||Bourne, AveryAvery Bourne||Republican||February 2015 Ɨ||Pawnee|
|96||Scherer, SueSue Scherer||Democratic||January 2013||Decatur|
|97||Batinick, MarkMark Batinick||Republican||January 2015||Plainfield|
|98||Manley, NatalieNatalie Manley||Democratic||January 2013||Joliet|
|99||Wojcicki Jimenez, SaraSara Wojcicki Jimenez||Republican||November 2015 Ɨ||Leland Grove|
|100||Davidsmeyer, C. D.C. D. Davidsmeyer||Republican||December 2012 Ɨ||Jacksonville|
|101||Mitchell, BillBill Mitchell||Republican||January 1999||Forsyth|
|102||Halbrook, BradBrad Halbrook||Republican||January 2017||Shelbyville|
|103||Ammons, CarolCarol Ammons||Democratic||January 2015||Urbana|
|104||Hays, ChadChad Hays||Republican||December 2010 ƗƗ||Catlin|
|105||Brady, DanDan Brady||Republican||January 2001||Bloomington|
|106||Bennett, Thomas M.Thomas M. Bennett||Republican||January 2015||Gibson City|
|107||Cavaletto, JohnJohn Cavaletto||Republican||January 2009||Salem|
|108||Meier, CharlesCharles Meier||Republican||January 2013||Okawville|
|109||Reis, DavidDavid Reis||Republican||January 2005||Olney|
|110||Phillips, ReginaldReginald Phillips||Republican||January 2015||Charleston|
|111||Beiser, Daniel V.Daniel V. Beiser||Democratic||December 2004 ƗƗ||Alton|
|112||Stuart, KatieKatie Stuart||Democratic||January 2017||Edwardsville|
|113||Hoffman, JayJay Hoffman||Democratic||January 2013||Swansea|
|114||Greenwood, LaToyaLaToya Greenwood||Democratic||January 2017||East St. Louis|
|115||Bryant, TerriTerri Bryant||Republican||January 2015||Murphysboro|
|116||Costello II, JerryJerry Costello II||Democratic||July 2011 Ɨ||Smithton|
|117||Severin, DaveDave Severin||Republican||January 2017||Benton|
|118||Phelps, Brandon W.Brandon W. Phelps||Democratic||January 2003||Harrisburg|
Ɨ Legislator was appointed to the Illinois House of Representatives during session.
ƗƗ Legislator was appointed to the Illinois House of Representatives after being elected, but prior to inauguration day of the General Assembly to which they were elected.
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