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2006 Illinois elections

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2006 Illinois elections

← 2004 November 7, 2006 2008 →

The 2006 Illinois elections were held on November 7, 2006. On that date, registered voters in the State of Illinois elected officeholders for U.S. Congress, to six statewide offices (Governor/Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of States, Treasurer and Comptroller), as well as to the Illinois Senate and Illinois House.

The incumbent Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka, previously the only Republican elected statewide, made an unsuccessful run for Governor rather than stand for re-election. Democrat Alexi Giannoulias was elected to succeed her, and the Democratic incumbents for the other statewide offices won re-election, making Illinois the only Midwestern state in which Democrats held all statewide offices.[citation needed]

For the first time since the 1930s, all executive offices and control of the Illinois General Assembly was won by the Democratic Party. The last time any party had met this feat had been the mid-1990s, when the Republican Party held such power following the 1994 Illinois elections.

Election information

2006 was a midterm election year in the United States.


Primary election

For the primary election, turnout was 24.84%, with 1,804,624 votes cast.[1]

Turnout by county[1]

General election

For the general election, turnout was 48.64%, with 3,587,676 votes cast.[2]

Turnout by county[2]

Federal elections

United States House

All 19 of Illinois’ seats in the United States House of Representatives were up for election in 2006.

No seats switched parties, leaving the composition of Illinois' House delegation 10 Democrats and 9 Republicans.

State elections

Governor and Lieutenant Governor

2006 Illinois gubernatorial election

← 2002 November 7, 2006 2010 →
Rod Blagojevich (cropped) (1).jpg
Judy Baar Topinka (14134) (1).jpg
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Nominee Rod Blagojevich Judy Baar Topinka Rich Whitney
Party Democratic Republican Green
Running mate Pat Quinn Joe Birkett Julie Samuels
Popular vote 1,736,731 1,369,315 361,336
Percentage 49.8% 39.3% 10.4%

Illinois Governor Election Results by County, 2006.svg
County results
Blagojevich:      30–40%      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%
Topinka:      30–40%      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Governor before election

Rod Blagojevich

Elected Governor

Rod Blagojevich

The 2006 Illinois gubernatorial election took place on November 7, 2006. Incumbent Democratic Governor and Lieutenant Governor Rod Blagojevich and Pat Quinn won re-election to a second four-year term.

Illinois gubernatorial election, 2006[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Rod Blagojevich (incumbent)/ Pat Quinn (incumbent) 1,736,731 49.79%
Republican Judy Baar Topinka/ Joe Birkett 1,369,315 39.26%
Green Rich Whitney/ Julie Samuels 361,336 10.36%
Write-ins Others 20,607 0.59%
Total votes 3,487,989

Attorney General

2006 Illinois Attorney General election

← 2002 November 7, 2006 2010 →
Lisa Madigan 2265218.jpg
Nominee Lisa Madigan Stewart Umholtz
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 2,521,113 843,903
Percentage 72.45% 24.25%

Attorney General before election

Lisa Madigan

Elected Attorney General

Lisa Madigan

Incumbent Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan won reelection to a second term in office

Democratic primary

Attorney General Democratic primary[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lisa Madigan (incumbent) 858,635 100
Total votes 858,635 100

Republican primary

Attorney General Republican primary[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Stewart Umholtz 581,802 100
Republican JoAnn Breivogel 12 0.00
Total votes 581,814 100

General election

Attorney General election[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lisa Madigan (incumbent) 2,521,113 72.45
Republican Stewart Umholtz 843,903 24.25
Green David F. Black 114,796 3.30
Total votes 3,479,812 100

Secretary of State

2006 Illinois Secretary of State election

← 2002 November 7, 2006 2010 →
Jesse White 2011 (cropped).jpg
Nominee Jesse White Dan Rutherford
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 2,204,762 1,159,363
Percentage 62.82% 33.03%

Secretary of State before election

Jesse White

Elected Secretary of State

Jesse White

Incumbent Democratic Secretary of State Jesse White won reelection to a third term in office.

Democratic primary

Secretary of State Democratic primary[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jesse White (incumbent) 880,209 100
Total votes 880,209 100

Republican primary

Secretary of State Republican primary[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dan Rutherford 602,147 100
Total votes 602,147 100

General election

Green Party nominee Adrian Frost withdrew before the election.

Secretary of State election[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jesse White (incumbent) 2,204,762 62.82
Republican Dan Rutherford 1,159,363 33.03
Green Karen "Young" Peterson 145,724 4.15
Write-in Alaka Wiakar 1 0.00
Total votes 3,707,224 100


2006 Illinois State Comptroller election

← 2002 November 7, 2006 2010 →
Daniel Hynes DNC (1).jpg
Nominee Daniel Hynes Carole Pankau
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 2,198,658 1,077,540
Percentage 64.25% 31.49%

State Comptroller before election

Daniel Hynes

Elected State Comptroller

Daniel Hynes

Incumbent Comptroller Daniel Hynes, a Democrat, was reelected to a third term.

Democratic primary

Comptroller Democratic primary[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Daniel W. Hynes (incumbent) 821,666 100
Total votes 821,666 100

Republican primary

Comptroller Republican primary[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Carole Pankau 580,148 100
Total votes 580,148 100

General election

Comptroller election[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Daniel W. Hynes (incumbent) 2,198,658 64.25
Republican Carole Pankau 1,077,540 31.49
Green Alicia Snyder 145,930 4.26
Total votes 3,422,128 100


2006 Illinois State Treasurer election

← 2002 November 7, 2006 2010 →
Alexi Giannoulias (1).jpg
Christine Radogno (1).jpg
Nominee Alexi Giannoulias Christine Radogno
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,838,094 1,405,540
Percentage 53.94% 41.24%

Treasurer before election

Judy Baar Topinka

Elected Treasurer

Alexi Giannoulias

Incumbent Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka, a Republican, did not seek reelection to a second term, instead opting to run for governor. Democrat Alexi Giannoulias was elected to succeed her.

Democratic primary

Treasurer Democratic primary[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Alexi Giannoulias 536,329 61.79
Democratic Paul L. Mangieri 331,672 38.21
Total votes 868,001 100

Republican primary

Treasurer Republican primary[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Christine Radogno 576,174 100
Total votes 576,174 100

General election

Treasurer election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Alexi Giannoulias 1,838,094 53.94
Republican Christine Radogno 1,405,540 41.24
Green Dan Rodriguez Schlorff 164,320 4.82
Write-in Alaka Wiakar 2 0.00
Total votes 3,407,956 100

State Senate

2006 Illinois Senate election

← 2006 November 7, 2006 (2006-11-07) 2008 →

39 of 59 seats in the Illinois Senate
30 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party Third party
Emil Jones at UIC Feb23 2009 Cropped (1).jpg
Leader Emil Jones Frank Watson N/A
Party Democratic Republican Independent
Leader's seat 14th 51st N/A
Seats won 37 22 1
Seat change Increase 6 Decrease 5 Steady

President before election

Emil Jones

Elected President

Emil Jones

39 of the seats of the Illinois Senate were up for election in 2006.[4]

State House of Representatives

All of the seats in the Illinois House of Representatives were up for election in 2010.

Judicial elections

Multiple judicial positions were up for election in 2010.

Local elections

Local elections were held. These included county elections, such as the Cook County elections.


  1. ^ For more on Cook County primary turnout, see 2006 Cook County, Illinois elections#Voter turnout
  2. ^ For more on Cook County general election turnout, see 2006 Cook County, Illinois elections#Voter turnout


  1. ^ a b "Voter Turnout". Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Voter Turnout". Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Election Results". Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Illinois State Senate elections, 2006". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 24 June 2020.

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