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Politics & Voting in Illinois

The Political Climate in Illinois is Moderately liberal.

In Illinois 57.4% of the people voted for the Democratic Party in the last presidential election, 40.4% voted for the Republican Party, and the remaining 2.2% voted for an Independent Party.

In the last Presidential election, Illinois remained very strongly Democratic, 57.4% to 40.4%.
Illinois voted Democratic in the previous six Presidential elections

The BestPlaces Liberal/Conservative Index
Illinois is Moderately liberal

The BestPlaces Liberal/Conservative Index is based on recent voting in national elections, federal campaign contributions by local residents, and consumer personality profiles.

Displaying 20 years of Presidential voting, visualized in one word.

Illinois, Illinois: D D D D D D

How It Works:
Here at BestPlaces, we were looking at the voting patterns since the 2000 election and realized that we could express the results of each election as one letter. R if the Republican Party candidate won, D for the Democrat and I for the Independent. The six elections (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020) would be expressed as six-letter word (R R D R R R).

Then we went a little further and added the dimension of magnitude. If the difference of victory was greater than 10 percent, the letter is upper case, and lower case if the difference was less than 10 percent. This allows us to see interesting voting patterns at just a glance.

Here’s the VoteWord for Iowa – d r d d r r. In the last six elections the state has been closely contested, voting narrowly for the Republican Party candidate in 2016 and 2020 after voting for the Democratic Party in 2008 and 2012. Virginia (r r d d d D) has voted for the Democratic Party in the last four elections.

Individual Campaign Contributions in Illinois

In the last 4 years (2018-2021), there were 716,474 contributions totaling $216,747,474 to the Democratic Party and liberal campaigns, averaging $303 per contribution.

In the last 4 years, there were 126,281 contributions totaling $163,291,916 to the Republican Party and conservative campaigns, averaging $1,293 per contribution.

(source: Federal Election Commission)

  • Percent Democrat (US Avg: 51%)
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    Reviews for Illinois    73 Reviews
    Land of the tax now? - 7/14/2019
    Born and raised in southern IL. 5 years ago this was a great state to live in, but we just recently elected a new government, I personally didn’t pay much attention... Read More

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    Peotone Ill - 8/21/2015
    I have been in the town of peotone for 13 years and now selling! I have never seen a more poor excuse for a town. There is no were to go and nothing too do. The town... Read More

    36 years here - 8/1/2015
    I'm tired of everyone thinking chicago is all illinois is.... Even the politicians think only of Chicago... We have not had a state budget set yet amd people in small... Read More

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