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Gary Forby

Democratic — Senator — District 59
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Gary Forby represents Senate District 59 in the Illinois Senate, is a member of five committees, and is the primary sponsor of 1178 bills, and is the secondary sponsor of 222 bills

2000 318446.48
2002 134802.63
2004 451857.51
2006 183914.15
2008 632078.06
2010 200438.29
2012 423846.57

For detailed campaign finance information visit Influence Explorer. Figures via the National Institute on Money in State Politics.

  • Springfield Office:

    Senator 59th District
    417B Capitol Building
    Springfield, IL   62706
    Phone: 217-782-5509
    Fax: 217-782-3088
  • District Office:

    903 W. Washington, Suite 3
    Benton, IL  62812
    Phone: 618-439-2504
    Fax: 618-438-3704



News and Blog Coverage

Forby misremembers his tax hike vote

* The Southern Illinois has been interviewing legislative candidates. Here’s part of the paper’s sitdown with Sen. Gary Forby (D-Benton)… “We’ve got to sit down and make things work. We’ve got to tighten our belt up. You’ve got to cut back.” Forby said legislators need to go through the budget ...

Question of the day

* It’s only August 5th, but the Republicans have already been airing TV ads against Democratic Sen. Gary Forby and Rep. John Bradley for 55 days. * It’s only August 5th, but Gov. Rauner is already appearing in and paying for an ad touting term limits. * It’s only August ...

Are the Republicans following state campaign finance law?

* Scott Kennedy… So far Republican Senate candidates Seth Lewis, Paul Schimpf and Dale Fowler are getting paid staff from both the Republican State Senate Campaign Committee (RSSCC) and the House Republican Organization (HRO). Now the House Republican Organization is running an ad against Democratic incumbent Senator Gary Forby, which ...

Three Southern Illinois Democrats Targeted In New GOP TV Ad (VIDEO)

The Illinois House Republican Organization (HRO) released a new TV ad Monday attacking three Democratic state lawmakers from Southern Illinois for "marching in lockstep" with House Speaker Michael Madigan. The HRO's "Toy Soldiers" ad targets Illinois State Sen. Gary Forby (D-Benton) and Reps. John Bradley (D-Marion) and Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg), ...

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Committee Membership

Sponsored Bills

  • SR 1925

    9-Day Trail Ride Day

  • SR 1670

    Memorial - Kenneth Hill

  • HJR 136

    Elizabeth Edwards Mem Hwy

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  • SB 3170

    Wildlife-Concealed Carry

  • SB 2791


  • SB 2794

    Use/Occ Tx-Oil Exploration

Recent Votes

HJR 152

Motion To Adopt

Legislator Vote: Yes

•••Yes: 5491.0
•••No: 00.0
•••Other: 58.0
SB 635

Third Reading

Legislator Vote: Yes

•••Yes: 5389.0
•••No: 00.0
•••Other: 610.0
SB 2047


Legislator Vote: Yes

•••Yes: 5491.0
•••No: 00.0
•••Other: 58.0
SB 2047


Legislator Vote: Yes

•••Yes: 5491.0
•••No: 00.0
•••Other: 58.0
SB 318


Legislator Vote: No

•••Yes: 4067.0
•••No: 1423.0
•••Other: 58.0
SB 2562


Legislator Vote: Yes

•••Yes: 4372.0
•••No: 711.0
•••Other: 915.0
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