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Election Results Report from IMPAC
Posted on: 11/10/2016

Thank you for your support of the Illinois State Medical Society Political Action Committee (IMPAC). Without your support and generous contributions, IMPAC would not have been successful in our efforts to elect physician-friendly candidates to Illinois’ 100th General Assembly.

IMPAC spent a significant amount of money this election, particularly in these key races: Rep. Avery Bourne (R-Raymond), Rep. Mike McAuliffe (R-Chicago), Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro), Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez (R-Leland Grove), Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris), Sen. Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) and Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg). These physician-friendly candidates were successful in their re-election efforts.

There are changes coming to the Illinois House. The Republican Party picked up five seats previously held by Democrats:

  • Tony McCombie (R-Savanna) defeated Mike Smiddy (D-Hillsdale).
  • Steven Reick (R-Woodstock) defeated John Bartman (D-Marengo) for the seat previously held by Jack Franks (D-Marengo).
  • Jerry Long (R-Streator) defeated incumbent Rep. Andy Skoog (D-La Salle).
  • Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) defeated incumbent Rep. Kate Cloonen (D-Kankakee).
  • Dave Severin (R-Benton) defeated incumbent Assistant Majority Leader John Bradley (D-Marion).

Katie Stuart (D-Edwardsville) defeated incumbent Rep. Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) in the only House race moving away from Republicans. This is an unfortunate loss for IMPAC, as Rep. Kay has been a friend of medicine throughout his time in the House.

In the end, however, the Democratic majority has diminished to a balance of 67 Democrats and 51 Republicans in 2017-2018, down from 71-47 in 2015-2016. This means the Democrats will no longer wield a veto-proof supermajority in the House.

Currently the Illinois Senate consists of 39 Democrats and 20 Republicans. Republicans picked up two seats in the Senate:

  • Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) defeated incumbent Sen. Gary Forby (D-Benton).
  • Jill Tracy (R-Quincy) ran unopposed replacing Assistant Majority Leader John Sullivan (D-Rushville).

However, with 37 Democrats and 22 Republicans going into the new term, Democrats will maintain a veto-proof supermajority in the Senate.

IMPAC supported Judges John B. Barberis (R-Madison County) and James “Randy” Moore (R-Williamson County), who were victorious in defeating trial-lawyer-funded Judges Brad Bleyer (D-Williamson County) and Jo Beth Weber (D-Jefferson County) for seats on Illinois’ 5th District Appellate Court.

Without your support and generous contributions, IMPAC would not have been successful in our efforts to elect physician-friendly candidates. If you haven’t already contributed to IMPAC, please consider joining with us today. It is time to replenish the coffers.

Paid for by IMPAC. Contributions are not limited to the suggested amount. The Illinois State Medical Society will not favor or disadvantage anyone based upon the amounts of contributions or failure of a member to make PAC contributions. IMPAC reports are filed with the State Board of Elections, 1020 S. Spring Street, Springfield, IL 62704. Voluntary membership contributions support candidates for public office in Illinois. IMPAC contributions can be made with a corporate or personal check. Contributions to IMPAC are not deductible as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes.

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