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The Illinois Senate is the upper chamber of the Illinois General Assembly, the legislative branch of the government of the state of Illinoismarker in the United Statesmarker. 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 ⅓, ⅔, or all of the senate seats may have terms ending. 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 Capitolmarker in Springfield, Illinoismarker. 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 veto-proof majority in the Illinois Senate.

Party summary

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Democratic Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature 37 22 59 0
Begin 37 22 59 0
Latest voting share 62.7% 37.3%


Leadership

Majority



Minority



Officers

  • Secretary of the Senate: Jillayne Rock
  • Assistant Secretary of the Senate: Scott Kaiser
  • Sergeant-at-Arms: Claricel Agans-Dominguez


Members of the Illinois Senate

District Representative Party Residence Term Up
1 Democratic Chicagomarker 2010
2 Democratic Chicagomarker 2012
3 Democratic Chicagomarker 2012
4 Democratic Chicagomarker 2010
5 Democratic Chicagomarker 2012
6 Democratic Chicagomarker 2012
7 Democratic Chicagomarker 2012
8 Democratic Chicagomarker 2012
9 Democratic Evanstonmarker 2012
10 Democratic Chicagomarker 2010
11 Democratic Burbankmarker 2012
12 Democratic Chicagomarker 2012
13 Democratic Chicagomarker 2010
14 Democratic Chicagomarker 2012
15 Democratic Chicagomarker 2012
16 Democratic Chicagomarker 2010
17 Democratic Chicagomarker 2012
18 Democratic Chicagomarker 2012
19 Democratic Oak Forestmarker 2010
20 Democratic Chicagomarker 2012
21 Republican Elmhurstmarker 2012
22 Democratic Elginmarker 2010
23 Republican Bloomingdalemarker 2012
24 Republican Hinsdale 2012
25 Republican Auroramarker 2010
26 Republican Lake Barringtonmarker 2012
27 Republican Palatinemarker 2012
28 Republican St. Charlesmarker 2010
29 Democratic Highwoodmarker 2012
30 Democratic Vernon Hillsmarker 2012
31 Democratic Grayslakemarker 2010
32 Republican Crystal Lakemarker 2012
33 Democratic Park Ridgemarker 2012
34 Republican Rockfordmarker 2010
35 Republican Sycamoremarker 2012
36 Democratic East Molinemarker 2012
37 Republican Peoriamarker 2010
38 Republican Perumarker 2012
39 Democratic Oak Parkmarker 2012
40 Democratic Cretemarker 2010
41 Republican Lemontmarker 2012
42 Democratic Auroramarker 2012
43 Democratic Jolietmarker 2010
44 Republican Bloomingtonmarker 2012
45 Republican Dixonmarker 2012
46 Democratic Pekinmarker 2010
47 Democratic Rushvillemarker 2012
48 Republican Wheatonmarker 2012
49 Democratic Carlinvillemarker 2010
50 Republican Springfieldmarker 2012
51 Republican Greenvillemarker 2012
52 Democratic Giffordmarker 2010
53 Republican Pontiacmarker 2012
54 Republican Mount Vernonmarker 2012
55 Republican Mattoonmarker 2010
56 Democratic Altonmarker 2012
57 Democratic Bellevillemarker 2012
58 Republican Okawvillemarker 2010
59 Democratic Bentonmarker 2012


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