Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
|Lieutenant Governor of Illinois|
|Term length||4 years, no term limits|
|Inaugural holder||Pierre Menard|
In Illinois, the lieutenant governor and governor run on a joint ticket, and are directly elected by popular vote. Candidates for lieutenant governor run separately in the primary from candidates for governor.
When the Governor of Illinois becomes unable to discharge the duties of that office, the lieutenant governor becomes acting governor. If the Governor dies, resigns or is removed from office, the lieutenant governor becomes governor. Under the Illinois Constitution, the Attorney General, currently Lisa Madigan, is next in line of succession to the Governor's office after the lieutenant governor, but does not succeed to the Lieutenant Governor's office. Historically, the lieutenant governor has been from either the Democratic Party or Republican Party.
- Karen Hawkins (January 9, 2010). "Candidates line up for lieutenant governor — but why?". The Telegraph. Retrieved May 20, 2012.