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
Majority Leader
Kimberly Lightford (D)
since January 7, 2019
Minority Leader
Dan McConchie (R)
since January 1, 2021
Structure
Seats59
Illinois State Senate partisan composition.svg
Political groups
Majority
  •    Democratic (41)

Minority

Vacant

  •   Vacant (1)
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 2010 U.S. census each senator represents approximately 217,468 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.

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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
January 13, 202141170591
Latest voting share

Leadership

As of February 20,2020, the 101st General Assembly of the Illinois Senate consists of the following leadership: [6]

Note: Dan McConchie became Minority Leader on January 1, 2021 after the retirement of Bill Brady. [7]

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. [8] [9] In 1977, Earlean Collins became the first African American woman to serve in the Illinois Senate. [10] Barack Obama, later the first African-American President of the United States, served in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. [11]

As of December 20,2020, the 101st General Assembly of the Illinois Senate consists of the following members: [12]

DistrictSenatorPartyResidenceAssumed
office
Next
election
1 Antonio Munoz Democratic Chicago 19992022
2 Omar Aquino Democratic Chicago 2016 Ɨ2022
3 Mattie Hunter Democratic Chicago 20032022
4 Kimberly A. Lightford Democratic Chicago 1998 Ɨ2022
5 Patricia Van Pelt Democratic Chicago 20132022
6 Sara Feigenholtz Democratic Chicago 2020 Ɨ2022
7 Heather Steans Democratic Chicago 2008 Ɨ2022
8 Ram Villivalam Democratic Chicago 20192022
9 Laura Fine Democratic Glenview 20192022
10 Robert Martwick Democratic Chicago 2019 Ɨ2022
11 Celina Villanueva Democratic Chicago 2020 Ɨ2022
12 Steven Landek Democratic Bridgeview 2011 Ɨ2022
13 Robert Peters Democratic Chicago 2019 Ɨ2022
14 Emil Jones III Democratic Chicago 20092022
15 Napoleon Harris Democratic Harvey 20132022
16 Jacqueline Y. Collins Democratic Chicago 20032022
17 Elgie Sims Democratic Chicago 2018 Ɨ2022
18 William Cunningham Democratic Chicago 20132022
19 Michael Hastings Democratic Tinley Park 20132022
20 Cristina Pacione-Zayas Democratic Chicago 2020 Ɨ2022
21 Laura Ellman Democratic Lisle 20192022
22 Cristina Castro Democratic Elgin 20172022
23 Tom Cullerton Democratic Villa Park 20132022
24 Suzy Glowiak Democratic Western Springs 20192022
25 Jim Oberweis Republican Sugar Grove 20132022
26 Dan McConchie Republican Hawthorn Woods 2016 Ɨ2022
27 Ann Gillespie Democratic Rolling Meadows 20192022
28 Laura Murphy Democratic Des Plaines 2015 Ɨ2022
29 Julie Morrison Democratic Deerfield 20132022
30 Adriane Johnson [13] Democratic Buffalo Grove 2020 Ɨ2022
31 Melinda Bush Democratic Grayslake 20132022
32 Craig Wilcox Republican McHenry 2018 Ɨ2022
33 Don DeWitte Republican St. Charles 20192022
34 Steve Stadelman Democratic Rockford 20132022
35 Dave Syverson Republican Rockford 19932022
36 Neil Anderson Republican Rock Island 20152022
37 Chuck Weaver Republican Peoria 2015 Ɨ2022
38 Sue Rezin Republican Morris 2010 Ɨ2022
39 Don Harmon Democratic Oak Park 20032022
40 Patrick Joyce Democratic Kankakee 2019 Ɨ2022
41 John Curran Republican Woodridge 2017 Ɨ2022
42 Linda Holmes Democratic Aurora 20072022
43 Pat McGuire Democratic Joliet 2012 Ɨ2022
44VacantRepublican2022
45 Brian W. Stewart Republican Freeport 2018 ƗƗ2022
46 Dave Koehler Democratic Peoria 2006 ƗƗ2022
47 Jil Tracy Republican Quincy 20172022
48 Andy Manar Democratic Bunker Hill 20132022
49 Meg Loughran Cappel [14] Democratic Shorewood 2020 ƗƗ2022
50 Steve McClure Republican Springfield 20192022
51 Chapin Rose Republican Mahomet 20132022
52 Scott M. Bennett Democratic Champaign 2015 Ɨ2020
53 Jason Barickman Republican Bloomington 20132022
54 Jason Plummer Republican Edwardsville 20192022
55 Dale Righter Republican Mattoon 2003
59 Dale Fowler Republican Harrisburg 20172022

Past composition of the Senate

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