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Glossary of Illinois Constitution Test, Elm Middle School

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How many members in the Illinois State Senate?
59
How many members in the Illinois State House of Representatives?
118
How many justices in the Illinois State Supreme Court?
7
How many years does an Illinois governor serve in one term?
4
What is the maximum years an Illinois governor can serve?
unlimited
How many years does an Illinois State Senator serve in one term?
4
How many years does an Illinois State Representative serve in one term?
2
How many years does an Illinois Supreme Court Justice serve in one term?
10
What is the maximum number of years an Illinois State Senator or Representative can serve?
unlimited
How many capitals has Illinois had?
3
How many days does an Illinois Governor have to approve or veto a bill?
60
What is the minimum age to be an Illinois Governor?
25
What is the minimum age to be an Illinois State Senator or Representative?
21
How many branches in Illinois' government?
3
How many Constitutions has Illinois had?
4
How many alderman are there on the Chicago City Council?
50
In what year did Illinois become a state?
1818
What year was our present Illinois Constitution written?
1970 (took effect in 1971)
Where in the Illinois Constitution would you find the Illinois Bill of Rights?
at the beginning (Article 1)
What is the main duty of the state Legislative Branch?
make laws
What is the main duty of the state Executive Branch?
enforce or administer the laws
What is the main duty of the state Judicial Branch?
judge or interpret the laws
What branch contains the state House and Senate?
Legislative
The state Senate and state House put together are called what?
the General Assembly
What branch contains the state Supreme Court?
Judicial
What branch contains the Governor?
Executive
What branch contains the Illinois Attorney General and Illinois Secretary of State?
Executive
What control over foreign policy does the state government have?
NONE
How do judges in the state of Illinois get their jobs?
they are elected by the people
What does Illinois call the person immediately under the Governor?
Lieutenant Governor
What is the title of the person who presides over the Illinois House of Representatives?
Speaker of the House
What is the title of the person who presides over the Illinois Senate?
President of the Senate
(but he/she is NOT the Lieutenant Governor; they're elected from within the Senate)
What city is Illinois' current capital?
Springfield
Can a member of Illinois' General Assembly also be in the U.S. Congress?
NO
Which type of court in Illinois hears the most cases?
Circuit courts
Name three types of courts in Illinois.
1. Circuit
2. Appellate
3. Supreme
What does "municipality" mean?
city, village or town
What type of municipal government does Elmwood Park have?
Trustee Village
What type of municipal government does Chicago have?
Mayor and Council
Name one type of municipal government besides what you'd find in Elmwood Park or Chicago.
Commission,
Council Manager or
Strong Mayor
For what reasons can someone in Illinois obtain an absentee ballot for voting?
being out of the state or having a long-term illness
What is a "referendum"?
a vote on a public issue
In what month and year will the next Governor be elected?
November, 2010
In what month and year will the next President be elected?
November, 2012
What are some powers a Governor has in common with the President?
vetoing bills,
grant pardons,
commander-in-chief (see workbook p. 59)
What does the Illinois Attorney General do?
handle legal issues for the state
What does the Illinois Secretary of State do?
maintains official records
Name three types of taxes Illinois can raise.
1. Income tax
2. Sales tax
3. Property tax
What are three qualifications for being Governor?
1. 25 years old
2. resident of the state for three years preceding the election
3. a U.S. citizen
How does a Governor get his/her job?
elected by the people
How does a state Senator or Representative get his/her job in Illinois?
They're elected by the people (in a district)
What are the qualifications to be a state Senator or Representative in Illinois?
1. 21 years old
2. a resident of their district for at least 2 years
3. a U.S. citizen
What branch has control over the state militia?
Executive
If the General Assembly wants to override a Governor's veto, how many of them need to approve the bill?
3/5
How many Representatives does each district elect?
1
How many Illinois Senators does each district elect?
1
How old must a voter be in Illinois?
18
What county is Elmwood Park in?
(That's c-o-u-n-t-y, not countRy.)
Cook
What is a job the Illinois Senate has in common with the U.S. Senate?
1. jury in impeachment cases
2. approves appointments made by the executive (President/Governor)
What is one job the Illinois House of Representatives has in common with the U.S. House?
They start impeachment trials (making the charge).
What two special rules exist about bills in Illinois before they can become a law?
1. bills need to be read on three different days before voting
2. most are confined to one subject only
Who has more power over schools in Illinois: the state government or the federal government?
the state government
Who is your state Senator?
Don Harmon
Who is your state Representative?
Angelo "Skip" Saviano
Who is the current Illinois Governor?
Pat Quinn
Who is Illinois' Secretary of State?
Jesse White
Who is Elmwood Park's Village President?
Peter Silvestri
Who is the mayor of Chicago?
Richard M. Daley
Who is the only Illinois governor to be impeached AND kicked out of office?
Rod Blagojevich

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