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Illinois State Senator

QUALIFICATIONS:

TERM IN OFFICE:  2 Years or 4 years (Illinois Constitution, Article IV, Section 2(a) and 10 ILCS 5/29C-10)

  • First Group:  4 years, 4 years, then 2 years
  • Second Group:  4 years, 2 years, then 4 years
  • Third Group:  2 years, 4 years, then 4 years

TERM BEGINS:  Noon, January 13, 2023 (Illinois Constitution)

 

SALARY:  $65,836 per year, plus $111 per session day (per diem)


FILING PERIODS:

  • Established Party:
    • Not more than 113 nor less than 106 days prior to the General Primary (10 ILCS 5/7-12)
    • November 25 – December 2, 2019 (for the 2020 election)
  • Independent and New Party:
    • Not more than 141 nor less than 134 days prior to the General Election (10 ILCS 5/10-6)
    • July 13 – July 20, 2020 (for the 2020 election)
  • All candidates will file with the Illinois State Board of Elections, 2329 S. MacArthur Blvd., Springfield, IL 62704-4503, either by mail or in person.

NOMINATING PAPERS:

  • Petitions:
    • Established Party (SBE Form P-12) (not currently available)
    • Independent Party (SBE Form P-3)
    • New Party (SBE Form P-8) (not currently available)
  • Statement of Candidacy:
  • Loyalty Oath (optional): All Candidates (SBE Form P-1C) (not currently available)
  • Statement of Economic Interests: Filed with the Secretary of State, Index Division, 111 East Monroe Street, Springfield, IL 62756.  The receipt must be filed with petitions or by the end of the filing period.

SIGNATURE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Established Party: 1,000 – 3,000 of the candidate's party in the senate district. (10 ILCS 5/8-8)
  • Independent Party:  5% - 8% (or 50 more than the minimum, whichever is greater) of the total number of persons who voted at the last General Election in such district or political subdivision in which such district or political subdivision voted as a unit for the election of officers to serve its respective territorial area.  (10 ILCS 5/10-3
  • New Party:  At least 5% of the total number of persons who voted at the last General Election in such district in which such district voted as a unit for the election of officers to serve its respective territorial area. There is no maximum signature requirement. (10 ILCS 5/10-2)

IMPORTANT NOTE:

  • Campaign Contributions: Reports must be filed either electronically or on paper with the State Board of Elections, 2329 S. MacArthur Blvd., Springfield, IL 62704, or 100 West Randolph St., Suite 14-100, Chicago, IL 60601.
REDISTRICTING: In the General Election following redistricting, a candidate for the General Assembly may be elected from any district that contains a part of the district in which they resided at the time of redistricting and reelected if a resident of the new district they represent for 18 months prior to reelection. 

[Illinois Constitution, Article IV, Section 2(c)]


DUTIES:

  • Pass bills into laws
  • Approve the state budget
  • Confirm appointments to state departments and agencies
  • Act on federal constitutional amendments
  • Propose constitutional amendments for Illinois
  • Tries impeachments made by the Illinois House of Representatives
CURRENT MAKE-UP:  

  • 41 Democrats (69.5%)
  • 18 Republicans (30.5%)


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