These changes will play a key role in the shaping the political discourse and priorities on a federal, state and local level next year. However, we want to focus on one aspect that received little coverage: the massive amount of turnover in the Illinois General Assembly. Prior to the election, 32 House Members (15 Democrats, 17 Republicans) and 12 Senators (6 Democrats, 6 Republicans) retired, ran for a different office or lost their primary. An additional eight House incumbents and three Senate incumbents lost re-election, bringing the total turnover to 33% in the House and 25% in the Senate. For the total score count 29% of the districts in the General Assembly will have a new sitting legislator.
With so many new faces in the legislature, small business owners have the opportunity to work with and educate 40 newly elected officials on the priorities of small businesses. It is incumbent on us to reach out to call the new members and let them know about the SBAC and our priorities for small business. Below you can find information on all new appointments and recently elected officials.
Meet the New Faces of Springfield
Illinois Senate – 8th District (West Ridge, Lincolnwood, North Park, Morton Grove)
Priorities include: tax fairness, safe communities, education, minimum wage, healthcare, the environment, LGBTQ Rights, Women’s Rights College Affordability, Immigration, Anti-Hate.
Illinois Senate – 13th District (Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Chicago, South Deering)
Appointment Unfulfilled. The seat is currently held by Senator Kwame Raoul (DEM) who successfully won the race for Illinois State Attorney General.
Illinois Senate – 21st District (Naperville, Wheaton, Carol Stream, West Chicago, Bloomingdale) Laura Ellman (DEM)
Priorities include: Clean up Springfield, Fiscal Responsibility & Good Government, Rebuilding our economy, K-12 Education, Higher Education, The Environment, Protecting our healthcare, Gun Violence & School Safety, Working for people with disabilities.
Priorities include: Taxes & Government Spending, Education, Gun Violence Prevention, Healthcare, Good Government & Leadership, the Environment.
Illinois Senate – 27th District (Palatine, Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Rolling Meadows) Ann Gillespie (DEM)
Priorities Include: Solving Illinois’ Fiscal Crises, Public Education, Infrastructure Investment, Healthcare, Responsible Gun Regulation, Protecting Our Environment, Making Elections Fair, Strong Unions & a Living Wage Build the Middle Class, Retirement Security for our Civil Servants, Invest in our Seniors, The LGBTQ Community, Serving Those Who Served.
Illinois Senate – 32nd District (McHenry, Fox Lake, Woodstock, Spring Grove, Harvard) Craig Wilcox (REP) *Appointed in October 2018*
Priorities Include: Property Taxes, Population Loss, Pension Reform, Transparency.
Illinois Senate – 33rd District (Huntley, Hampshire, West Dundee, Huntley, St. Charles, Geneva) Donald DeWitte (REP) *Appointed in September 2018*
Illinois House – 42nd District (Wheaton, Carol Stream, Naperville) Amy Grant (REP)
Priorities Include: Advance the Reform of Fiscal Decision Making, Restore the Full Faith & Credit of Illinois, Dedicate New & Improved Revenue Streams to Debt Reduction, Restore Our Standing as Leaders in Education from Preschool to Higher Learning, Higher Wages & More Tax Paying Employees, Reduce Regulations on Job Creators, Provide Incentives for Higher Learning Institutions, Expand Trade Education & Opportunities for Students.
Illinois House – 47th District (Elmhurst, Hinsdale, Westmont, Oakbrook, Western Springs) Deanne Mazzochi (REP) *Appointed in July 2018*
Priorities Include: Repeal the 32% Madigan Tax Increase, Rein in Government Spending & Balance the Budget, Stand up for our 2nd Amendment Rights, Replace Madigan by Enacting Term Limits, Reduce Taxes & Empower Businesses to Create Jobs, Fight for the Life of the Unborn.
Illinois House – 109th District (Carmi, Mt. Camel, Fairfield, Flora, Olney, Lawsonville, Newton) Darren Bailey (REP)
Priorities Include: Abortion, 2nd Amendment Rights, Education, Jobs, Transparency & Term Limits, Property Taxes, Income Taxes.
Illinois House – 110th District (Robinson, Marshall, Casey, Charleston, Mattoon) Chris Miller (REP)
Priorities Include: Term Limits First, Business First, Family First, Constitution First.
Illinois house – 111th District (Godfrey, Bethalto, Alton, East Alton, Wood River) Monica Bristow (DEM) *Appointed in 2017*
Priorities Include: Grow Number of Jobs, Secure Our Current Jobs, Mental Health Awareness.
Illinois House – 118th District (McLeansboro, Eldorado, Harrisburg, Carbondale, Metropolis) Patrick Windhorst (REP)
Priorities Include: Lower Taxes, More Jobs, Less Spending, Term Limits, Conservative Values, School Funding.