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Illinois became a state in

1818

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Illinois had four constitutions in the years...

1818, 1848, 1870, 1970

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Illinois had __ capitals in...

3. Kaskaskia, Vandalia, Springfield

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Legislative branch is called the...

General assembly

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The general assembly is made of...

2 houses: House of Representatives and the Senate

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House of Reps. has ___ members.

118, each from their district. (118 districts)

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Members of the house must be at least...

21 years old

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Representatives serve for...

2 years, elections are in each even year.

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House of Reps. is led by...

The speaker of the house (Michael Madigan)

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Senate has ___ members

59, each from their district (59 districts)

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Members must be...

At least 21 years old

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Senators serve...

4 year terms, with staggered elections (half are elected at a time)

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The senate is led by...

The president of the senate who is elected by senate members
(John Cullerton)

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The governor is the...

Chief executive of the state (Pat Quinn)

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Lt. Governor has...

Assigned duties by the governor (Sheila Simon)

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Attorney general is...

The legal officer for the state (Lisa Madigan)

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Secretary of State is the...

Official record keeper for the state (Jesse White)

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Comptroller does what?

Maintains money records, orders payments of funds (Judy Bar Topinka, R.)

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The treasurer does what?

Keeps and invests the state's money and lays out when ordered to. (Dan Rutherford)

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Circuit courts...

Try cases

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Judges serve for...

6 years

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Appellate courts do what?

Hear appeals of cases concerning fairness and interpretation about cases tried at circuit courts, judges serve 10 years

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Supreme Court of IL

Final court of appeals with 7 judges who serve 10 year terms

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Judges are chosen by...

Voters

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A proposed law is called a...

Bill

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A bill can be introduced in...

Either house of the general assembly

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When an identically worded bill passes both houses of the general assembly...

It is sent to the governor for appeoval

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If the governor signs the bill...

It becomes an IL law

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If the governor does not approve of the bill, he has three...

Veto options

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The general assembly can override the veto with a...

3/5 vote

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Regular veto

Whole bill is rejected

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Amendatory veto

Governor can make small changes in the wording that he believes makes the bill better but does not alter its meaning or intent.

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Line item veto

Governor can change the amount of money going into the bill, called appropriations

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The IL house of reps can...

Impeach members of the executive or judicial branches

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The IL senate...

Tries impeached officials

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An impeached person can be removed from office with a...

2/3 vote

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Before you vote you must...

Be 18 years old and registered to vote

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Registration takes place when?

Before Election Day

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Once you are registered, you do not need to register again unless you...

Change your residence

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Candidates can gain a place on the ballot by...

Winning their party's primary election or independently by collecting a signed list of voters who support them.

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Voting takes place...

In secret and the voter's ballot can't be identified

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What type of voting system does the US use?

The "Australian Ballot" system

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The Australian Ballot requires that...

The names of the candidates be listed on a form in uniform size and color and printed or prepared at the government's expense.

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All types of voting allow the voter to "write in" to...

Vote for a candidate whose name does not appear on the ballot.

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Voters who can't make it to the polling place on Election Day...

May arrange to vote in advance by casting an absentee ballot.