Illinois Senate(Redirected from 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. 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. 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.
|Illinois State Senate|
|Illinois General Assembly|
New session started
|January 11, 2017|
|Authority||Illinois Constitution Article IV|
|Salary||$67,874/year + per diem|
|November 8, 2016|
|November 6, 2018|
|State Senate Chamber
Illinois State Capitol
|Illinois State Senate|
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. The number of negative votes does not matter. Therefore, voting present has the same effect on the tally as voting no.
The Senate Democrats currently hold a supermajority in the Illinois Senate.
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|End of previous legislature||39||20||58||0|
|Latest voting share||62.7%||37.3%|
- President of the Senate: John Cullerton
- Majority Leader: James Clayborne, Jr.
- Assistant Majority Leaders:
- President Pro Tempore: Don Harmon
- Majority Caucus Chair: Ira Silverstein
- Majority Caucus Whips:
- 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
In 1924, Florence Fifer Bohrer became the body's first female member and Adelbert H. Roberts became its first African American member. In 1977, Earlean Collins became the first African American woman to serve in the Illinois Senate. Barack Obama served in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004.
|1||Munoz, AntonioAntonio Munoz||Democratic||Chicago||January 13, 1999||2020|
|2||Aquino, OmarOmar Aquino||Democratic||Chicago||July 1, 2016 Ɨ||2018|
|3||Hunter, MattieMattie Hunter||Democratic||Chicago||January 8, 2003||2018|
|4||Lightford, Kimberly A.Kimberly A. Lightford||Democratic||Chicago||November 20, 1998 Ɨ||2020|
|5||Van Pelt, PatriciaPatricia Van Pelt||Democratic||Chicago||January 9, 2013||2018|
|6||Cullerton, JohnJohn Cullerton||Democratic||Chicago||January 31, 1991 Ɨ||2018|
|7||Steans, HeatherHeather Steans||Democratic||Chicago||February 10, 2008 Ɨ||2020|
|8||Silverstein, IraIra Silverstein||Democratic||Chicago||January 13, 1999||2018|
|9||Biss, DanielDaniel Biss||Democratic||Evanston||January 9, 2013||2018|
|10||Mulroe, John G.John G. Mulroe||Democratic||Chicago||August 16, 2010 Ɨ||2020|
|11||Sandoval, MartinMartin Sandoval||Democratic||Chicago||January 8, 2003||2018|
|12||Landek, StevenSteven Landek||Democratic||Bridgeview||March 1, 2011 Ɨ||2018|
|13||Raoul, KwameKwame Raoul||Democratic||Chicago||November 6, 2004 Ɨ||2020|
|14||Jones III, EmilEmil Jones III||Democratic||Chicago||January 14, 2009||2018|
|15||Harris, NapoleonNapoleon Harris||Democratic||Harvey||January 9, 2013||2018|
|16||Collins, Jacqueline Y.Jacqueline Y. Collins||Democratic||Chicago||January 8, 2003||2020|
|17||Trotter, DonneDonne Trotter||Democratic||Chicago||January 13, 1993||2018|
|18||Cunningham, WilliamWilliam Cunningham||Democratic||Chicago||January 9, 2013||2018|
|19||Hastings, MichaelMichael Hastings||Democratic||Tinley Park||January 9, 2013||2020|
|20||Martinez, IrisIris Martinez||Democratic||Chicago||January 8, 2003||2018|
|21||Connelly, MichaelMichael Connelly||Republican||Lisle||January 9, 2013||2018|
|22||Castro, CristinaCristina Castro||Democratic||Elgin||January 11, 2017||2020|
|23||Cullerton, TomTom Cullerton||Democratic||Villa Park||January 9, 2013||2018|
|24||Nybo, ChrisChris Nybo||Republican||Elmhurst||August 5, 2014 Ɨ||2018|
|25||Oberweis, JimJim Oberweis||Republican||Sugar Grove||January 9, 2013||2020|
|26||McConchie, DanDan McConchie||Republican||Hawthorn Woods||April 21, 2016 Ɨ||2018|
|27||Rooney, TomTom Rooney||Republican||Rolling Meadows||September 28, 2016 Ɨ||2018|
|28||Murphy, LauraLaura Murphy||Democratic||Des Plaines||October 5, 2015 Ɨ||2020|
|29||Morrison, JulieJulie Morrison||Democratic||Deerfield||January 9, 2013||2018|
|30||Link, TerryTerry Link||Democratic||Waukegan||January 8, 1997||2018|
|31||Bush, MelindaMelinda Bush||Democratic||Grayslake||January 9, 2013||2020|
|32||Althoff, PamelaPamela Althoff||Republican||McHenry||March 3, 2003 Ɨ||2018|
|33||McConnaughay, KarenKaren McConnaughay||Republican||St. Charles||January 9, 2013||2018|
|34||Stadelman, SteveSteve Stadelman||Democratic||Rockford||January 9, 2013||2020|
|35||Syverson, DaveDave Syverson||Republican||Rockford||January 13, 1993||2018|
|36||Anderson, NeilNeil Anderson||Republican||Rock Island||January 13, 2015||2018|
|37||Weaver, ChuckChuck Weaver||Republican||Peoria||October 8, 2015 Ɨ||2020|
|38||Rezin, SueSue Rezin||Republican||Morris||December 11, 2010 Ɨ||2018|
|39||Harmon, DonDon Harmon||Democratic||Oak Park||January 8, 2003||2018|
|40||Hutchinson, ToiToi Hutchinson||Democratic||Olympia Fields||January 5, 2009 Ɨ||2020|
|41||Curran, JohnJohn Curran||Republican||Woodridge||July 24, 2017 Ɨ||2018|
|42||Holmes, LindaLinda Holmes||Democratic||Aurora||January 10, 2007||2018|
|43||McGuire, PatPat McGuire||Democratic||Joliet||February 25, 2012 Ɨ||2020|
|44||Brady, BillBill Brady||Republican||Bloomington||May 20, 2002 Ɨ||2018|
|45||Bivins, TimTim Bivins||Republican||Dixon||March 7, 2008 Ɨ||2018|
|46||Koehler, DavidDavid Koehler||Democratic||Peoria||January 10, 2007||2020|
|47||Tracy, JilJil Tracy||Republican||Mount Sterling||January 11, 2017||2018|
|48||Manar, AndyAndy Manar||Democratic||Bunker Hill||January 9, 2013||2018|
|49||Bertino-Tarrant, JenniferJennifer Bertino-Tarrant||Democratic||Shorewood||January 9, 2013||2020|
|50||McCann, SamSam McCann||Republican||Carlinville||January 12, 2011||2018|
|51||Rose, ChapinChapin Rose||Republican||Mahomet||January 9, 2013||2018|
|52||Bennett, Scott M.Scott M. Bennett||Democratic||Champaign||January 12, 2015 Ɨ||2020|
|53||Barickman, JasonJason Barickman||Republican||Bloomington||January 9, 2013||2018|
|54||McCarter, KyleKyle McCarter||Republican||Lebanon||February 2009 Ɨ||2018|
|55||Righter, DaleDale Righter||Republican||Mattoon||January 8, 2003||2020|
|56||Haine, William R.William R. Haine||Democratic||Alton||December 2, 2002 Ɨ||2018|
|57||Clayborne, Jr., JamesJames Clayborne, Jr.||Democratic||Belleville||April 17, 1995 Ɨ||2018|
|58||Schimpf, PaulPaul Schimpf||Republican||Okawville||January 11, 2017||2020|
|59||Fowler, DaleDale Fowler||Republican||Harrisburg||January 11, 2017||2018|
Ɨ Appointed before elected
- Illinois Constitution Article IV, Section 2(a) http://www.ilga.gov/commission/lrb/con4.htm
- Illinois Constitution Article IV, Section 2(b) http://www.ilga.gov/commission/lrb/con4.htm
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