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Democratic Party of Illinois
Headquarters 1201 S. Veterans Pkway
Springfield, IL, 62706


Political ideology American Liberalism
National affiliation Democratic Party
Color(s) Blue
Web Site

The Democratic Party of Illinois is a political party and affiliate of the United States Democratic Party in Illinois. The party has been extremely successful in statewide elections for the past decade. In 1992, Carol Moseley Braun became the first African American woman to be elected to the United States Senate. Her election marked the first time Illinois had elected a woman, and the first time a black person was elected as a Democratic Party candidate to the United States Senate. A second African American Barack Obama Democratic Senator was elected in 2004, and later elected President of the United States in 2008. The party currently holds a strong majority in both the Illinois Senate and Illinois House of Representatives. Since 2006, the Democrats have control of all statewide offices. The Governor of Illinois, Pat Quinn, and Illinois' two Senators, Dick Durbin and Roland Burris are members of this party.

The party is one of only three legally established, statewide political parties in Illinois, in addition to the Green and Republican parties.

Calvin Sutker of Skokie served as state party chairman until 1986 when he lost his committeeman seat to reform Democrat Jeffrey Paul Smith [1]. Sutker was succeeded by Vince Demuzio, who served from 1986-1990 and is credited with rebuilding the Illinois Democratic Party[2]. Demuzio was then defeated by the then-chief of staff for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, Gary Lapaille. Madigan himself succeeded Lapaille and is the current Chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois.


  1. ^ Wingert, Pat (1986-03-20). "Stunned Democrats Agonize on LaMess". Chicago Tribune: pp. 3 (Chicagoland, Sec. C).  
  2. ^ Illinois Secretary of State (2005). 2005-2006 Illinois Handbook of Government. pp. 51.  

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