Three Branches of Illinois Government

LEGISLATIVE
makes laws

EXECUTIVE
carries out laws

JUDICIAL
explains laws

General Assembly

Senate
--59 senators
--elected by the people
--1 from each legislative district
--term:  2 years

Qualifications
--at least 21 years old
--U.S. citizen
--resident of district for 2 years


House of Representatives
--
118 representatives
--2 representatives from each legislative district
--term: 2 years

Qualifications
(same as for Senator) 
--at least 21 years old
--U.S. citizen
--resident of district for 2 years

6 elected officials

Governor 
--
chief executive officer
Lieutenant  governor
--takes over as governor if necessary
Attorney general
--chief legal officer
Secretary of state
--keeps official records
Comptroller
--chief fiscal officer, pays the bills
Treasurer
--acts as the state's banker

6 officials
--elected by the people 
--term:  4 years

Qualifications
--
at least 25 years old
--U.S. citizen
--resident of Illinois for 3 years

3 types of courts

Supreme Court
--7 justices
--elected by the people
--term:  10 years


Appellate courts
--54 appellate judges
--elected by the people
--term:  10 years


District Courts
Illinois is divided into 23 judicial circuits.  Each circuit has a chief judge, circuits judges, and associate judges.

--circuit judges are elected 
--circuit judges serve 6-year term 

--associate judges are appointed by circuit judges
--associate judges serve 4-year term 

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Barbara Daley,
Jan 15, 2010, 1:15 PM
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