Illinois Senate

The Senate of Illinois (Illinois State Senate ) is the upper house of the Illinois General Assembly, the legislature of the U.S. state of Illinois. The chamber was created in 1818 after the adoption of the first constitution of Illinois.

The chamber of parliament is composed of 59 Senators representing an electoral district respectively. To avoid the complete exchange of the senators at one time, 1970, the Senators were divided into three groups as a result of the state constitution of Illinois. Each group has a two-year term in a different part decade between the censuses, with the rest of the decade, two four -year terms make up. In contrast, the House of Representatives from Illinois is chosen with its 118 members for two- year terms. The constituencies of the MPs were formed by halving the Senate election districts. There is no restriction on the terms.

The meeting room of the Senate is located together with the House of Representatives in the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield capital. The first official working day of each year is the second Wednesday in January.

Tasks of the Senate

The Illinois Senate fall As in upper houses in other states and territories, as well as in the U.S. Senate compared to the House of Representatives special tasks that go beyond the law. So it is up to the Senate to adopt draft legislation to approve the state budget, to confirm or reject nominations to state institutions and authorities. Further, it is up to the Senate on federal constitutional amendments act, as well as those for Illinois propose. It also has the power to waive objections on the part of the governor with a three-fifths majority. In addition, the Illinois Senate efforts to the accusations that have been made ​​by the House of Representatives. Consequently, the officials are by a two -thirds majority guilty.


Votes in the Illinois Senate found by pressing the deputies one of three buttons. Unlike other states, allows the Illinois Senate to meet the deputies a choice between " yes ", " no" or "contain". It requires 30 votes in favor to adopt a law in the final. The number of negative votes have no meaning. Consequently, the use of has "contain" the same effect as selecting " No".

Structure of the chamber

The President of the Senate is not as usual, the lieutenant governor, but an elected member of the Senate. Current Senate President John Cullerton is the Democrat, 6th District ( Chicago).

For Majority Leader ( Majority leader) of the Democrats was James Clayborne, 57th constituency ( Belleville ), elected; Leader of the opposition (minority leader) is the Republican Christine Radogno, 41 constituency ( Lemont ).

Composition of the Board