Governor of Illinois
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J. B. Pritzker

since January 14, 2019
ResidenceIllinois Governor's Mansion
Term lengthFour years, no term limits
Inaugural holderShadrach Bond
FormationOctober 6, 1818 (1818-10-06)
Salary$177,412 (2015)[1][2]
WebsiteGovernment website

The governor of Illinois is the head of government of Illinois, and the various agencies and departments over which the officer has jurisdiction, as prescribed in the state constitution. It is a directly elected position, votes being cast by popular suffrage of residents of the state. The governor is responsible for enacting laws passed by the Illinois General Assembly. Illinois is one of 14 states that does not have a gubernatorial term-limit along with Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, District of Columbia, Vermont, New Hampshire and Puerto Rico. The governor is commander-in-chief of the state's land, air and sea forces when they are in state service.

The 43rd and current governor is J. B. Pritzker, a Democrat who took office on January 14, 2019.[3]


The term of office of governor of Illinois is 4 years, and there is no limit on the number of terms a governor may serve. Inauguration takes place on the second Monday in January following a gubernatorial election in November. A single term ends four years later. A governor is required to be:


See also: Gubernatorial lines of succession in the United States § Illinois

If the incumbent governor is no longer able or permitted to fulfill the duties of the office of governor, the line of succession is as follows:[4]

# Position Current office holder Party
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Lieutenant governor Juliana Stratton Democratic
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Attorney General of Illinois Kwame Raoul Democratic
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Secretary of State of Illinois Jesse White Democratic


The governor is allowed the occupancy of the Illinois Governor's Mansion in Springfield, the state capital. Its first occupant was Governor Joel Aldrich Matteson, who took residence at the mansion in 1855. It is one of three oldest governor's residences in continuous use in the United States.

The governor is also given the use of two official residences on the state fair grounds, located in Springfield and DuQuoin. The official residence in DuQuoin is Hayes House. Governors have traditionally used these residences part of the year.

However, some governors, such as Rod Blagojevich, have chosen to not use the governor's homes as their primary residence, instead commuting either by car or plane to Springfield from their home cities.[5] Many Chicago-based governors also have done much of their business out of the governor's office in Chicago's James R. Thompson Center, an office building owned by the state named for former governor James R. Thompson (1977-1991) Illinois' longest-serving governor.


See also: Rod Blagojevich corruption charges and George Ryan § Scandals, trial, and conviction

Six Illinois governors have been charged with crimes during or after their governorships; four were convicted, and of those, one (Blagojevich) was the first to be impeached and removed from office.



See also


1.α Former governor of Illinois Bruce Rauner, who was independently wealthy, has previously stated that he would only accept $1 in salary.[15] In 2015, the Council of State Governments reported that Rauner had returned all but $1 of his salary to the State of Illinois.[16] However, the pay rate for the title of governor in Illinois remains at $177,412.
2.β After billionaire J.B. Pritzker spent a record a $171.5 million of his own personal fortune to fund his campaign to win the governor's seat, he decided not to accept a state salary during his time in office.[17]


  1. ^ "Governors' Salaries, 2015". The Council of State Governments. June 25, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  2. ^ "Pritzker won't take annual state salary". The State Journal-Register. November 15, 2018. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  3. ^ "Election Results". Retrieved January 1, 2021.
  4. ^ "Constitution of the State of Illinois - ARTICLE V - THE EXECUTIVE". Government of Illinois. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  5. ^ "Illinois Governor Has Pricey Commute". CBS News. February 11, 2009. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  6. ^ Ridings, Jim (June 10, 2010). "Len Small & Rod Blagojevich: A Study in Corruption". Chicago Daily Observer. Retrieved August 17, 2010.
  7. ^ "Other Illinois governors in legal trouble since 1901". Chicago Tribune. June 19, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  8. ^ a b Frum, David (2000). How We Got Here: The 70's, the Decade That Brought You Modern Life (for Better or Worse). New York: Basic Books. p. 29. ISBN 0-465-04195-7.
  9. ^ Pensoneau, Taylor; Ellis, Bob (August–September 1993). "Remember Dan Walker, the last Democrat to be governor?". Illinois Issues. University of Illinois at Springfield. 19 (8–9): 45–47. ISSN 0738-9663. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  10. ^ Kass, John (February 24, 2006). "Special witness poses a special threat". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  11. ^ Long, Ray; Pearson, Rick (January 9, 2009). "House impeaches Blagojevich". Chicago Tribune. Chicago Breaking News Center. Archived from the original on April 2, 2011. Retrieved February 15, 2009.
  12. ^ Coen, Jeff; Chase, John; Secter, Bob; St. Clair, Stacy; Mack, Kristen (August 17, 2010). "Guilty on just 1 count, Blago taunts U.S. attorney". Chicago Tribune. Chicago Breaking News Center. Archived from the original on January 19, 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2010.
  13. ^ "President Trump goes on clemency spree, and the list is long". Associated Press. April 20, 2021.
  14. ^ "Trump commutes Blagojevich's sentence and grants clemency to 10 others". CNN.
  15. ^ Korecki, Natasha. "For Rauner, it's essential that every dollar matters - Chicago". Chicago. Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  16. ^ Burnett, Jennifer. "Governors' Salaries, 2015". CSG Knowledge Center. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  17. ^ Donovan, Lisa. "Pritzker won't take annual state salary". The State Journal-Register. Retrieved April 8, 2020.