Illinois Electoral Resource


In 1858, incumbent Democratic Senator Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln—for the most part unfamiliar at the time—engaged in a series of debates throughout Illinois for the state’s Senate seat. Although Lincoln lost the race, his warning against a nation divided between free and slave-holding states drew the attention of the nation, and he was elected president only two years later.

What began as an ordinary fire in Patrick and Catherine O’Leary’s barn on October 8, 1871, quickly turned into what became known as the Great Chicago Fire, which devastated roughly 18,000 buildings, left close to 100,000 inhabitants homeless and killed between 200 and 300 people.

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What began as an ordinary fire in Patrick and Catherine O’Leary’s barn on October 8, 1871, quickly turned into what became known as the Great Chicago Fire, which devastated roughly 18,000 buildings, left close to 100,000 inhabitants homeless and killed between 200 and 300 people.

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On May 4, 1886, after weeks of protests in which workers were demanding an eight-hour workday, a bomb was thrown during a demonstration at the Randolph Street Haymarket. Eight officers were killed and 60 were injured, spurring a public cry for justice. Although the bomber was never identified, eight anarchists were tried and convicted of murder in what is often referred to as a grave miscarriage of justice.

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The World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago attracted 27 million visitors during its six-month operation—more than 40 percent of the United States’ total population at the time. Among the many inventions exhibited there was the first Ferris wheel, built to rival the Eiffel Tower that had been built for the Paris Fair in 1889. The 250-foot diameter wheel carried 36 cars with up to 60 riders each.

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When an angry mob formed outside of the city jail in Springfield on August 14, 1908, seeking revenge against two black men accused of separate crimes against whites, policemen escorted the prisoners out the back door to safety. In the violent riot that ensued, buildings were destroyed and looted and two unrelated black members of the community were lynched. The appalling event led to the formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) a few months later.

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Illinois has the largest recoverable bituminous coal reserve of any state in the United States–close to 1.2 billion tons.

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Chicago’s Willis Tower, formerly named Sears Tower, is the tallest building in North America.

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Illinois Voting Quick Facts
  • Current Population:12,859,995
  • Voter Registration Deadline: 28 days before an election
  • Election Day Voter Registration: No
  • Early Voting: Yes
  • Absentee Voting: Yes
  • Voter ID: No
  • Electoral Colleges: 20
  • Congressional Districts: 18

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Democrats and Republicans The 2016 Presidential Election is crucial to both Republicans and Democrats since the next President of the United States could nominate as many as four Supreme Court justices. As many as four seats on the Supreme Court could become vacant during the next few years with four supreme court justices over the age of 80. This means the next president could have the power to transform the supreme court, and American law, for generations to come. (See Election Dates and Deadlines)

President Barack Obama The United States presidential election of 2016 is an Open Race since the Incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama is term-limited and cannot run for re-election to a third term in office.

President Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009, and was sworn in for his second term on January 20, 2013.
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Illinois US Senator race

In 2016, there will be a US Senator race in Illinois. Each state elects two senators for staggered 6-year terms.One of the seats of Illinois's two senators in the United States Senate is up for election this Election cycle. The Incumbent US Senator is running for re-election.

Illinois: US Senator Race - Incumbent (Republican) Running

Incumbent Republican Senator, Mark Kirk, is running for re-election to a second term in office. On November 2, 2010, Mark Kirk won the election to the United States Senate with 48.0% of the vote against the Democratic candidate, A. Giannoulias, who came in second with 46.4% of the vote. (see current elected officials in Illinois)

Illinois 2016 U.S. Representative races

The 2016 United States House of Representatives election will be held in Illinois this election cycle. Of the 18 seats up for election this election cycle, 8 currently held by Republicans, and 10 held by Democrats.

Current Seats Distribution By Party Affiliation In Illinois U.S. House

Congressional DistrictU.S. RepresentativeParty Affiliation

District 1

Representative Rush, Bobby L.Democratic

District 2

Representative Kelly, Robin L.Democratic

District 3

Representative Lipinski, DanielDemocratic

District 4

Representative Gutierrez, Luis V.Democratic

District 5

Representative Quigley, MikeDemocratic

District 6

Representative Roskam, Peter J.Republican

District 7

Representative Davis, Danny K.Democratic

District 8

Representative Duckworth, TammyDemocratic

District 9

Representative Schakowsky, Janice D.Democratic

District 10

Representative Dold, Robert J.Republican

District 11

Representative Foster, BillDemocratic

District 12

Representative Bost, MikeRepublican

District 13

Representative Davis, RodneyRepublican

District 14

Representative Hultgren, RandyRepublican

District 15

Representative Shimkus, JohnRepublican

District 16

Representative Kinzinger, AdamRepublican

District 17

Representative Bustos, CheriDemocratic

District 18

Representative LaHood, DarinRepublican
Illinois Congressional Districts
Illinois US Districts
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Registered Voters

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Total Voters: 3,712,056

  • : Active>3,042,568
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State of Illinois Quick Facts
  • Date of Statehood: December 3, 1818
  • Size: 57,916 square miles
  • Nickname(s): Prairie State; Land of Lincoln
  • Tree: White Oak
  • Flower: Violet
  • Bird: Cardinal
When's The Next Election?
November 8, 2016
In 39 days
Illinois : General Election Day
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