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The '''Illinois Senate''' is the [[Upper house|upper chamber]] of the [[Illinois General Assembly]], the [[legislative branch]] of the government of the [[U.S. state|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. 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. 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 the use of the present vote has the same effect as voting no. The [[Democratic Party of Illinois]] currently holds a majority in the Illinois Senate. == Party summary == {|class=wikitable style="text-align:center" |-valign=bottom ! rowspan=2 | | {{American politics/party colors/Democratic}} | | {{American politics/party colors/Republican}} | ! rowspan=2 | Total |- ! [[Illinois Democratic Party|Democratic]] ! [[Illinois Republican Party|Republican]] |- ! Seats |{{party shading/Democratic}}| 35 | 24 | '''59''' |- ! % of seats | {{party shading/Democratic}}|58.6% | 41.4% | |} ===Majority=== *[[President of the Illinois Senate|President of the Senate]]: [[John Cullerton]] *Majority Leader: [[James Clayborne, Jr.]] *Assistant Majority Leaders: **[[Rickey Hendon]] **[[Don Harmon]] **[[Kimberly A. Lightford]] **[[Jeffrey Schoenberg]] *Majority Caucus Chair: [[Antonio Munoz (Illinois politician)|Antonio Munoz]] *Majority Whips: **[[Susan Garrett]] **[[Ira Silverstein]] **[[Louis Viverito]] **[[Terry Link]] ===Minority=== *Minority Leader: [[Christine Radogno]] *Deputy Minority Leader: [[Dale Righter]] *Assistant Minority Leaders: **[[Bill Brady (Illinois politician)|Bill Brady]] **[[John O. Jones]] **[[David Luechtefeld]] **[[Dave Syverson]] *Minority Caucus Chair: [[Matt Murphy (Illinois politician)|Matt Murphy]] *Minority Whip: [[Pamela J. Althoff]] ==Officers== *Secretary of the Senate: Jillayne Rock *Assistant Secretary of the Senate: Scott Kaiser *Sergeant-at-Arms: Joe Dominguez *Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms: Dirk R. Eilers ==Members of the Illinois Senate== {| class="wikitable sortable" |- ! District !! Representative !! Party !!Residence !! Term Up |- | 1 | {{sortname|Antonio|Munoz|Antonio Munoz (Illinois politician)}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Chicago]] | 2012 |- | 2 | {{sortname|William|Delgado}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Chicago]] | 2012 |- | 3 | {{sortname|Mattie|Hunter}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Chicago]] | 2012 |- | 4 | {{sortname|Kimberly A.|Lightford}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Chicago]] | 2012 |- | 5 | [[Annazette Collins]] | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Chicago]] | 2012 |- | 6 | {{sortname|John|Cullerton}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Chicago]] | 2012 |- | 7 | {{sortname|Heather|Steans}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Chicago]] | 2012 |- | 8 | {{sortname|Ira|Silverstein}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Chicago]] | 2012 |- | 9 | {{sortname|Jeffrey|Schoenberg}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Evanston, Illinois|Evanston]] | 2012 |- | 10 | {{sortname|John G.|Mulroe}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Chicago]] | 2012 |- | 11 | {{sortname|Louis|Viverito}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Burbank, Illinois|Burbank]] | 2012 |- | 12 | {{sortname|Martin|Sandoval}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Chicago]] | 2012 |- | 13 | {{sortname|Kwame|Raoul}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Chicago]] | 2012 |- | 14 | {{sortname|Emil|Jones III}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Chicago]] | 2012 |- | 15 | {{sortname|James|Meeks}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Chicago]] | 2012 |- | 16 | {{sortname|Jacqueline Y.|Collins}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Chicago]] | 2012 |- | 17 | {{sortname|Donne|Trotter}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Chicago]] | 2012 |- | 18 | {{sortname|Edward|Maloney}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Chicago]] | 2012 |- | 19 | {{sortname|Maggie|Crotty}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Oak Forest, Illinois|Oak Forest]] | 2012 |- | 20 | {{sortname|Iris|Martinez}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Chicago]] | 2012 |- | 21 | {{sortname|Ronald|Sandack}} | {{Party shading/Republican}} | Rep | [[Downers Grove, Illinois|Downers Grove]] | 2012 |- | 22 | {{sortname|Michael|Noland}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Elgin, Illinois|Elgin]] | 2012 |- | 23 | {{sortname|Carole|Pankau}} | {{Party shading/Republican}} | Rep | [[Bloomingdale, Illinois|Bloomingdale]] | 2012 |- | 24 | {{sortname|Kirk W.|Dillard}} | {{Party shading/Republican}} | Rep | [[Hinsdale, Illinois|Hinsdale]] | 2012 |- | 25 | {{sortname|Chris|Lauzen}} | {{Party shading/Republican}} | Rep | [[Aurora, Illinois|Aurora]] | 2012 |- | 26 | {{sortname|Dan|Duffy}} | {{Party shading/Republican}} | Rep | [[Lake Barrington, Illinois|Lake Barrington]] | 2012 |- | 27 | {{sortname|Matt|Murphy|Matt Murphy (Illinois politician)}} | {{Party shading/Republican}} | Rep | [[Palatine, Illinois|Palatine]] | 2012 |- | 28 | {{sortname|John J.|Millner}} | {{Party shading/Republican}} | Rep | [[St. Charles, Illinois|St. Charles]] | 2012 |- | 29 | {{sortname|Susan|Garrett}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Highwood, Illinois|Highwood]] | 2012 |- | 30 | {{sortname|Terry|Link}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Vernon Hills, Illinois|Vernon Hills]] | 2012 |- | 31 | {{sortname|Suzi|Schmidt}} | {{Party shading/Republican}} | Rep | [[Grayslake, Illinois|Grayslake]] | 2012 |- | 32 | {{sortname|Pamela|Althoff}} | {{Party shading/Republican}} | Rep | [[Crystal Lake, Illinois|Crystal Lake]] | 2012 |- | 33 | {{sortname|Dan|Kotowski}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Park Ridge, Illinois|Park Ridge]] | 2012 |- | 34 | {{sortname|Dave|Syverson}} | {{Party shading/Republican}} | Rep | [[Rockford, Illinois|Rockford]] | 2012 |- | 35 | {{sortname|J. Bradley|Burzynski}} | {{Party shading/Republican}} | Rep | [[Sycamore, Illinois|Sycamore]] | 2012 |- | 36 | {{sortname|Mike|Jacobs|Mike Jacobs (Illinois politician)}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[East Moline, Illinois|East Moline]] | 2012 |- | 37 | {{sortname|Darin M.|LaHood}} | {{Party shading/Republican}} | Rep | [[Peoria, Illinois|Peoria]] | 2012 |- | 38 | {{sortname|Sue|Rezin}} | {{Party shading/Republican}} | Rep | [[Morris, Illinois|Morris]] | 2012 |- | 39 | {{sortname|Don|Harmon}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Oak Park, Illinois|Oak Park]] | 2012 |- | 40 | {{sortname|Toi|Hutchinson}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Olympia Fields, Illinois|Olympia Fields]] | 2012 |- | 41 | {{sortname|Christine|Radogno}} | {{Party shading/Republican}} | Rep | [[Lemont, Illinois|Lemont]] | 2012 |- | 42 | {{sortname|Linda|Holmes}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Aurora, Illinois|Aurora]] | 2012 |- | 43 | {{sortname|Arthur|Wilhelmi}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Joliet, Illinois|Joliet]] | 2012 |- | 44 | {{sortname|Bill|Brady|Bill Brady (Illinois politician)}} | {{Party shading/Republican}} | Rep | [[Bloomington, Illinois|Bloomington]] | 2012 |- | 45 | {{sortname|Tim|Bivins}} | {{Party shading/Republican}} | Rep | [[Dixon, Illinois|Dixon]] | 2012 |- | 46 | {{sortname|David|Koehler}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Pekin, Illinois|Pekin]] | 2012 |- | 47 | {{sortname|John M.|Sullivan}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Rushville, Illinois|Rushville]] | 2012 |- | 48 | {{sortname|Tom|Johnson|Tom Johnson (Illinois politician)}} | {{Party shading/Republican}} | Rep | [[West Chicago, Illinois|West Chicago]] | 2012 |- | 49 | {{sortname|Sam|McCann}} | {{Party shading/Republican}} | Rep | [[Carlinville, Illinois|Carlinville]] | 2012 |- | 50 | {{sortname|Larry|Bomke}} | {{Party shading/Republican}} | Rep | [[Springfield, Illinois|Springfield]] | 2012 |- | 51 | {{sortname|Kyle|McCarter}} | {{Party shading/Republican}} | Rep | [[Greenville, Illinois|Greenville]] | 2012 |- | 52 | {{sortname|Mike|Frerichs}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Gifford, Illinois|Gifford]] | 2012 |- | 53 | {{sortname|Shane|Cultra}} | {{Party shading/Republican}} | Rep | [[Onarga, Illinois|Onarga]] | 2012 |- | 54 | {{sortname|John O.|Jones}} | {{Party shading/Republican}} | Rep | [[Mount Vernon, Illinois|Mount Vernon]] | 2012 |- | 55 | {{sortname|Dale|Righter}} | {{Party shading/Republican}} | Rep | [[Mattoon, Illinois|Mattoon]] | 2012 |- | 56 | {{sortname|William R.|Haine}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Alton, Illinois|Alton]] | 2012 |- | 57 | {{sortname|James|Clayborne, Jr.}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Belleville, Illinois|Belleville]] | 2012 |- | 58 | {{sortname|David|Luechtefeld}} | {{Party shading/Republican}} | Rep | [[Okawville, Illinois|Okawville]] | 2012 |- | 59 | {{sortname|Gary|Forby}} | {{Party shading/Democratic}} | Dem | [[Benton, Illinois|Benton]] | 2012 |} ==External links== *[http://www.ilga.gov/senate/ Illinois General Assembly - Senate] ''official government website'' *[http://www.senategop.state.il.us/ Illinois Senate Republicans] ''official party website'' *[http://www.senatedem.ilga.gov/ Illinois Senate Democrats] ''official party website'' *[http://votesmart.org/official_state_legislator.php?type=office&criteria=upper&state_id=IL&go.x=9&go.y=6 State Senate of Illinois] at [[Project Vote Smart]] {{USLegislatures}} {{Illinois State Senate}} {{coord missing|Illinois}}