Illinois Senate

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Illinois Senate
Illinois General Assembly
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Type
Type
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 9, 2019
Leadership
Don Harmon (D)
since January 19, 2020
President pro tempore
Bill Cunningham (D)
since January 30, 2020
Majority Leader
Kimberly Lightford (D)
since January 7, 2019
Minority Leader
Dan McConchie (R)
since January 13, 2021
Structure
Seats59
Illinois State Senate partisan composition.svg
Political groups
Majority
  •    Democratic (41)

Minority

Length of term
4 years (with one two-year term each decade)
Authority Illinois Constitution Article IV
Salary$67,874/year + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 3, 2020
Next election
November 8, 2022
RedistrictingLegislative Control
Meeting place
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State Senate Chamber
Illinois State Capitol
Springfield, Illinois
Website
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. Under the Illinois Constitution of 1970, the Illinois Senate is made up of 59 senators elected from individual legislative districts determined by population and redistricted every 10 years; based on the 2020 U.S. census each senator represents approximately 213,347 people. [1] 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. [2] This ensures that the Senate reflects changes made when the General Assembly redistricts itself after each census.

Contents

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, [3] with each senator having two "associated" representatives.

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. [4] [5] The number of negative votes does not matter. Therefore, voting present has the same effect on the tally as voting no.

Party summary

AffiliationParty
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Democratic Republican Conservative Vacant
End of previous legislature37211590
2019-202140190590
February 6, 202141180590
June 15, 202240180581
July 8, 202241180590
Latest voting share

Leadership

As of February 6,2021, the 102nd General Assembly of the Illinois Senate consists of the following leadership: [6]

Majority

Minority

Officers

Members

In 1924, Florence Fifer Bohrer became the body's first female member and Adelbert H. Roberts became its first African American member. [7] [8] In 1977, Earlean Collins became the first African American woman to serve in the Illinois Senate. [9] Barack Obama, later the first African-American President of the United States, served in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. [10]

As of July 8,2022, the 102nd General Assembly of the Illinois Senate consists of the following members: [11]

DistrictSenatorPartyResidenceAssumed
office
Next
election
1 Antonio Munoz Democratic Chicago January 9, 19992022
2 Omar Aquino ƗDemocratic Chicago July 1, 20162022
3 Mattie Hunter Democratic Chicago January 8, 20032022
4 Kimberly A. Lightford ƗDemocratic Chicago November 20, 19982022
5 Patricia Van Pelt Democratic Chicago January 9, 20132022
6 Sara Feigenholtz ƗDemocratic Chicago January 21, 20202022
7 Mike Simmons Ɨ [12] Democratic Chicago February 6, 20212022
8 Ram Villivalam ƗƗDemocratic Chicago January 5, 20192022
9 Laura Fine ƗƗDemocratic Glenview January 6, 20192022
10 Robert Martwick ƗDemocratic Chicago June 28, 20192022
11 Celina Villanueva ƗDemocratic Chicago January 7, 20202022
12 Steven Landek ƗDemocratic Bridgeview February 5, 20112022
13 Robert Peters ƗDemocratic Chicago January 6, 20192022
14 Emil Jones III Democratic Chicago January 14, 20092022
15 Napoleon Harris Democratic Harvey January 9, 20132022
16 Jacqueline Y. Collins Democratic Chicago January 8, 20032022
17 Elgie Sims ƗDemocratic Chicago January 26, 20182022
18 William Cunningham Democratic Chicago January 9, 20132022
19 Michael Hastings Democratic Tinley Park January 9, 20132022
20 Cristina Pacione-Zayas ƗDemocratic Chicago December 22, 20202022
21 Laura Ellman Democratic Lisle January 9, 20192022
22 Cristina Castro Democratic Elgin January 11, 20172022
23 Diane Pappas ƗDemocratic Itasca March 9, 20222022
24 Suzy Glowiak Democratic Western Springs January 9, 20192022
25 Karina Villa Democratic West Chicago January 13, 20212022
26 Dan McConchie ƗRepublican Hawthorn Woods April 20, 20162022
27 Ann Gillespie Democratic Rolling Meadows January 9, 20192022
28 Laura Murphy ƗDemocratic Des Plaines October 5, 20152022
29 Julie Morrison Democratic Deerfield January 9, 20132022
30 Adriane Johnson Ɨ [13] Democratic Buffalo Grove October 11, 20202022
31 Melinda Bush Democratic Grayslake January 9, 20132022
32 Craig Wilcox ƗRepublican McHenry October 1, 20182022
33 Don DeWitte Republican St. Charles January 9, 20192022
34 Steve Stadelman Democratic Rockford January 9, 20132022
35 Dave Syverson Republican Rockford January 13, 19932022
36 Neil Anderson Republican Rock Island January 15, 20152022
37 Win Stoller ƗƗRepublican Metamora January 5, 20212022
38 Sue Rezin ƗRepublican Morris December 11, 20102022
39 Don Harmon Democratic Oak Park January 8, 20032022
40 Patrick Joyce ƗDemocratic Kankakee November 8, 20192022
41 John Curran ƗRepublican Woodridge July 23, 20172022
42 Linda Holmes Democratic Aurora January 10, 20072022
43 Eric Mattson Ɨ [14] Democratic Joliet May 6, 20222022
44 Sally Turner Ɨ [15] Republican Beason January 25, 20212022
45 Brian W. Stewart ƗƗRepublican Freeport December 5, 20182022
46 Dave Koehler ƗƗDemocratic Peoria December 3, 20062022
47 Jil Tracy Republican Quincy January 11, 20172022
48 Doris Turner Ɨ [16] Democratic Springfield February 6, 20212022
49 Meg Loughran Cappel ƗƗDemocratic Shorewood December 10, 20202022
50 Steve McClure Republican Springfield January 9, 20192022
51 Chapin Rose Republican Mahomet January 9, 20132022
52 Scott M. Bennett ƗDemocratic Champaign January 14, 20152022
53 Jason Barickman Republican Bloomington January 9, 20132022
54 Jason Plummer Republican Edwardsville January 9, 20192022
55 Darren Bailey Republican Louisville January 13, 20212022
56 Kristopher Tharp ƗDemocratic Bethalto July 8, 20222022
57 Christopher Belt Democratic Cahokia Heights January 9, 20192022
58 Terri Bryant Republican Murphysboro January 13, 20212022
59 Dale Fowler Republican Harrisburg January 11, 20172022

Past composition of the Senate

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References

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  2. Illinois Constitution Article IV, Section 2(a) http://www.ilga.gov/commission/lrb/con4.htm
  3. Illinois Constitution Article IV, Section 2(b) http://www.ilga.gov/commission/lrb/con4.htm
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