Does the Governor of Illinois have the power to create and approve laws?
No! The Governor can veto a law but it’s the duty of the House of Representatives to create laws and present them to the Senate for a vote.
How many State Representatives are in the House?
There are currently 118 representatives elected from individual legislative districts.
Do State Representatives need to live the district they are running for?
Candidates must live in their district for at least two years.
How long is each term for an elected state representative?
Every two years your district will elect the current or new state representative. For District 18, your representative is Robyn Gabel.
True or False: One of the main powers of State Representatives is to make laws.
True. The House works with the Governor and State Senator to vote and approve new laws. In 2018, more than 200 new laws went into effect including: • Requiring early childhood programs will need to find services to help young children resolve problems rather than simply kicking them out • Increasing prison sentences from three to 14 years to seven to 14 years for some repeat gun crimes. • Illinois 16- and 17-year-olds can now sign up to be organ and tissue donors when they receive a driver’s license.
True or False: The Illinois House of Representatives is responsible for coming up with the state budget.
True. The Illinois state budget must be voted and approved by the House of Representatives. In recent years, Illinois has made national news due to the fact they went 2 years without a budget. From 2015 to 2017, the state of Illinois did not have an official budget and was the nation's longest fiscal stalemate since at least the Great Depression.
Does the House of Representatives have the power to impeach executive and judicial officials?
One of the more recent and memorable cases was in 2009 when the House of Representatives impeached Governor Rod Blagojevich in a 114-to-1 vote.
What political party holds the majority in the Illinois House of Representatives?
Democrats currently control the majority in the Illinois House of Representatives.
How long has the Democratic Party held control of the House?
20 years. In 1998, the Democrats took back the House from the Republican Party. The Republican Party held power for two short years from 1995 to 1997. Before that, the Democratic Party held power since 1982.
Who is the current Illinois Speaker of the House?
Michael Madigan. He represents District 22 and has been the incumbent for 47 years. He is currently running unopposed in the general election.