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In July 2017, the Illinois legislature voted to end the longest budget impasse in state and national history. For those watching closely, we saw how controlled voting can be in the General Assembly and how essential it is to know where votes are being protected or available.
As a note for those who watch the video, 71 votes were needed in support of the veto override motion. This moment in Illinois history involved numerous political alliances, but the overarching story line was a political battle between the Governor, a Republican who vetoed the budget, and the Speaker of the House, a Democrat who has held that leadership position for over three decades. The budget proposal at issue in the summer of 2017 involved an income tax increase, so with the next election cycle less than a year away, legislators with potentially close races were cautious in their voting. With the voting open until the Speaker of the House gavels voting to a close, 71 votes slowly made their way onto the board, and once the threshold was met, legislators could safely vote against the motion knowing the budget would still pass.
Between 2004 and 2014, Illinois voters throughout the 102 counties were fairly consistent when going to the voting booth and choosing between the Republican (red) and Democratic (blue) candidate for a statewide or national office. Some of that consistency also meant that in many counties, the voting result averages were within a couple percentage points of swinging to one party or the other (purple).
Although the 2014 and 2016 election cycles shifted some of the state political map in favor of the Republican party, the 2018 General Election reversed those trends and resulted in additional control for the state Democratic party in both chambers of the legislature as well as every state constitutional office. As with every election, it is also important to watch for the evolution of political alliances within each party.
Nearly all of the Democratic gains in the 2018 General Election were in the the counties surrounding Chicago, which remains the core of the Democratic Party in Illinois. As a result, the 101st General Assembly may also be impacted by the upcoming 2019 municipal elections in Chicago, which currently has over 20 candidates running for an open mayoral seat and nearly all 50 wards with at least two candidates.