Terms and their lengths

The governor of Illinois is in office for four years at a time. There is no limiting number of terms a governor can serve. Former Illinois governor James R. Thomson served an astounding four terms in office. His first term was served for two years because of a new constitutional amendment to align certain election dates. His reign as Illinois Governor lasted fourteen years.

Requirements to become elected

To become a candidate for Illinois governor one must:

- be twenty-five years of age

- a United States citizen

- a resident of Illinois for three years prior to election

Election Day

Sunday, Nov. 1st, 12am to Saturday, Nov. 7th, 11:45pm


Illinois governors are usually elected during the first week in November. Election day occurs quadrennially on even years not divisible by four. The next election is in 2018

All about the Benjamins

In 2013, the Illinois governor’s salary was $177,412 and the average was $133,348. The state with the highest paid governor was Pennsylvania at $187,256 and the lowest was Maine at $70,000. The governors of Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee all do not accept the paycheck they receive and return it all to the state. Michigan’s governor returns all but $1 of his salary. One reason for governors that return their pay is because they are already incredibly rich.

Rod Blagoingtojail

When Congress see's fit, they can impeach a governor. Rod Blagojevich is the only Illinois governor to be impeached. Hot Rod attempted to sell the senate seat that was opened up when Barack Obama became president. In June 27, 2011, Blagojevich was convicted on 17 counts of fraud and sentenced to 14 years in prison.
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