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.

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
DemocraticRepublicanConservativeVacant
End of previous legislature37211590
2019-202140190590
February 6, 202141180590
Latest voting share69.49%30.51%0%

Leadership

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

Majority

Minority

Officers

  • 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

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 January 25, 2021, the 102nd General Assembly of the Illinois Senate consists of the following members:[11]

DistrictSenatorPartyResidenceAssumed
office
Next
election
1Antonio MunozDemocraticChicagoJanuary 9, 19992022
2Omar Aquino ƗDemocraticChicagoJuly 1, 20162022
3Mattie HunterDemocraticChicagoJanuary 8, 20032022
4Kimberly A. Lightford ƗDemocraticChicagoNovember 20, 19982022
5Patricia Van PeltDemocraticChicagoJanuary 9, 20132022
6Sara Feigenholtz ƗDemocraticChicagoJanuary 21, 20202022
7Mike Simmons Ɨ[12]DemocraticChicagoFebruary 6, 20212022
8Ram Villivalam ƗƗDemocraticChicagoJanuary 5, 20192022
9Laura Fine ƗƗDemocraticGlenviewJanuary 6, 20192022
10Robert Martwick ƗDemocraticChicagoJune 28, 20192022
11Celina Villanueva ƗDemocraticChicagoJanuary 7, 20202022
12Steven Landek ƗDemocraticBridgeviewFebruary 5, 20112022
13Robert Peters ƗDemocraticChicagoJanuary 6, 20192022
14Emil Jones IIIDemocraticChicagoJanuary 14, 20092022
15Napoleon HarrisDemocraticHarveyJanuary 9, 20132022
16Jacqueline Y. CollinsDemocraticChicagoJanuary 8, 20032022
17Elgie Sims ƗDemocraticChicagoJanuary 26, 20182022
18William CunninghamDemocraticChicagoJanuary 9, 20132022
19Michael HastingsDemocraticTinley ParkJanuary 9, 20132022
20Cristina Pacione-Zayas ƗDemocraticChicagoDecember 22, 20202022
21Laura EllmanDemocraticLisleJanuary 9, 20192022
22Cristina CastroDemocraticElginJanuary 11, 20172022
23Tom CullertonDemocraticVilla ParkJanuary 9, 20132022
24Suzy GlowiakDemocraticWestern SpringsJanuary 9, 20192022
25Karina VillaDemocraticWest ChicagoJanuary 13, 20212022
26Dan McConchie ƗRepublicanHawthorn WoodsApril 20, 20162022
27Ann GillespieDemocraticRolling MeadowsJanuary 9, 20192022
28Laura Murphy ƗDemocraticDes PlainesOctober 5, 20152022
29Julie MorrisonDemocraticDeerfieldJanuary 9, 20132022
30Adriane Johnson Ɨ[13]DemocraticBuffalo GroveOctober 11, 20202022
31Melinda BushDemocraticGrayslakeJanuary 9, 20132022
32Craig Wilcox ƗRepublicanMcHenryOctober 1, 20182022
33Don DeWitteRepublicanSt. CharlesJanuary 9, 20192022
34Steve StadelmanDemocraticRockfordJanuary 9, 20132022
35Dave SyversonRepublicanRockfordJanuary 13, 19932022
36Neil AndersonRepublicanRock IslandJanuary 15, 20152022
37Win Stoller ƗƗRepublicanMetamoraJanuary 5, 20212022
38Sue Rezin ƗRepublicanMorrisDecember 11, 20102022
39Don HarmonDemocraticOak ParkJanuary 8, 20032022
40Patrick Joyce ƗDemocraticKankakeeNovember 8, 20192022
41John Curran ƗRepublicanWoodridgeJuly 23, 20172022
42Linda HolmesDemocraticAuroraJanuary 10, 20072022
43John ConnorDemocraticLockportJanuary 13, 20212022
44Sally Turner Ɨ[14]RepublicanBeasonJanuary 25, 20212022
45Brian W. Stewart ƗƗRepublicanFreeportDecember 5, 20182022
46Dave Koehler ƗƗDemocraticPeoriaDecember 3, 20062022
47Jil TracyRepublicanQuincyJanuary 11, 20172022
48Doris Turner Ɨ[15]DemocraticSpringfieldFebruary 6, 20212022
49Meg Loughran Cappel ƗƗDemocraticShorewoodDecember 10, 20202022
50Steve McClureRepublicanSpringfieldJanuary 9, 20192022
51Chapin RoseRepublicanMahometJanuary 9, 20132022
52Scott M. Bennett ƗDemocraticChampaignJanuary 14, 20152022
53Jason BarickmanRepublicanBloomingtonJanuary 9, 20132022
54Jason PlummerRepublicanEdwardsvilleJanuary 9, 20192022
55Darren BaileyRepublicanLouisvilleJanuary 13, 20212022
56Rachelle Aud CroweDemocraticGlen CarbonJanuary 9, 20192022
57Christopher BeltDemocraticCahokiaJanuary 9, 20192022
58Terri BryantRepublicanMurphysboroJanuary 13, 20212022
59Dale FowlerRepublicanHarrisburgJanuary 11, 20172022
  • Ɨ Legislator was appointed to the Illinois Senate during session.
  • ƗƗ Legislator was appointed to the Illinois Senate after being elected, but prior to inauguration day of the General Assembly to which they were elected.

Past composition of the Senate

References

  1. ^ “Table 4. Resident Population of the 50 States, The District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico: 2010 Census and Census 2000” (PDF). October 7, 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 7, 2012.
  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
  4. ^ Gonzales, Nathan (February 13, 2007). “The Ever-‘Present’ Obama”. The Rothenberg Political Report. Retrieved September 26, 2014.
  5. ^ Burnett, Sara (February 14, 2013). “Illinois Senate votes to legalize gay marriage”. Associated Press. Retrieved September 26, 2014.
  6. ^ “102ND GA SENATE LEADERSHIP” (PDF). Illinois General Assembly. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  7. ^ Thomas, Whitney Freund (April 1998). “Florence Fifer Bohrer: A Woman Before Her Time”. Illinois History: A Magazine for Young People. 51 (3): 59–60. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  8. ^ Gherardini, Caroline, ed. (February 1984). “Honors”. Illinois Issues. Vol. 9 no. 2. Springfield, Illinois: Sangamon State University. p. 41. ISSN 0738-9663. Retrieved August 21, 2017.
  9. ^ Musser, Ashley; Dutton, Julie (February 11, 2016). “Illinois Women in Congress and General Assembly” (PDF). Springfield, Illinois: Illinois Legislative Research Unit. Retrieved August 21, 2017.
  10. ^ Miller, David R. (ed.). “A Former New Member: Barack Obama (D-13, Chicago) (From First Reading, December 1996)” (PDF). First Reading. Springfield, Illinois: Illinois Legislative Research Unit. p. 4.
  11. ^ “Current Senate Members 102bd General Assembly”. Illinois General Assembly. Retrieved January 21, 2021.
  12. ^ Miller, Rich (February 6, 2021). “Mike Simmons appointed to replace former Sen. Heather Steans”. Capitol Fax. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  13. ^ DeGrechie, Eric (October 12, 2020). “Johnson Replaces Link, Becomes 1st Black Senator From Lake County”. Buffalo Grove Patch. Retrieved December 2, 2020.
  14. ^ Solutions, LRS Web. “Sally Turner appointed as Illinois State Senator”. senategop.state.il.us. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  15. ^ Miller, Rich (February 6, 2021). “Doris Turner to replace Andy Manar in the Senate”. Capitol Fax. Retrieved February 6, 2021.

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