Illinois Constitution 2010-2011 Practice Test

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Are you a memeber of Illinois and have to take the Constitution test for school? Well here is your easy study guide. Get all of these right and your gurenteed a great grade for class!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Who is the current Governor of Illinois?

    • A.

      George H. Ryan

    • B.

      Rod Blagojevich

    • C.

      Pat Quinn

    Correct Answer
    C. Pat Quinn
    Explanation
    The current Governor of Illinois is Pat Quinn.

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  • 2. 

    How Long is the governor's term?

    • A.

      4 years

    • B.

      2 years

    • C.

      6 years

    Correct Answer
    A. 4 years
    Explanation
    The governor's term is 4 years. This is a common term length for governors in many states in the United States. A 4-year term allows governors enough time to implement their policies and initiatives while also providing an opportunity for the public to assess their performance and make informed decisions during the next election cycle. This longer term also allows governors to have a more stable and consistent leadership approach, as they have a longer time frame to work towards their goals.

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  • 3. 

    What are the Governor's main duties

    • A.

      Appointing New Members

    • B.

      Removing Officers

    • C.

      Agency Reorganization

    • D.

      Granting Pardons

    • E.

      Legislative Messages

    • F.

      All of the Above

    Correct Answer
    F. All of the Above
    Explanation
    The Governor's main duties encompass appointing new members, removing officers, agency reorganization, granting pardons, and delivering legislative messages. These responsibilities are crucial for the Governor to effectively govern and manage the state. By appointing new members, the Governor can ensure that key positions are filled with qualified individuals. Removing officers allows the Governor to maintain accountability and integrity within the government. Agency reorganization enables the Governor to streamline operations and improve efficiency. Granting pardons is a power that allows the Governor to show clemency and mercy. Lastly, delivering legislative messages ensures effective communication and collaboration between the Governor and the legislature.

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  • 4. 

    What are the Requirements to be Governor?

    • A.

      United States Citizen, 30 Years Old, Resident of the State for 4 years

    • B.

      United States Citizen, 25 Years Old, Resident of the State for 3 years

    • C.

      At least 35 Years Old, Born in the State you represent

    Correct Answer
    B. United States Citizen, 25 Years Old, Resident of the State for 3 years
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "United States Citizen, 25 Years Old, Resident of the State for 3 years." This answer accurately reflects the requirements to be a governor. According to the explanation, one must be a United States citizen, at least 25 years old, and have been a resident of the state for 3 years. This answer aligns with the common eligibility criteria for governorship in many states across the United States.

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  • 5. 

    What is the order of succession for Governor?

    • A.

      Attorney General, Secretary of State, Lt. Governor

    • B.

      Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State

    • C.

      Secretary of State, Lt. Governor, Attorney General

    Correct Answer
    B. Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State
    Explanation
    The correct order of succession for Governor is Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State. This means that if the Governor is unable to fulfill their duties, the Lt. Governor will assume the role, followed by the Attorney General and then the Secretary of State.

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  • 6. 

    How are other vacancies filled within the executive branch?

    • A.

      Governor takes over

    • B.

      Governor appoints new member

    • C.

      Lt. Governor takes over

    Correct Answer
    B. Governor appoints new member
    Explanation
    When other vacancies occur within the executive branch, the Governor is responsible for appointing a new member to fill the position. This means that the Governor has the authority to select and appoint an individual to take on the responsibilities and duties of the vacant position. This process allows the Governor to ensure that the executive branch remains fully staffed and functioning effectively. The Governor's appointment power is a crucial aspect of their role in the executive branch.

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  • 7. 

    The Current Lieutenant Governor is _____________.

    Correct Answer
    Sheila Simon
    Explanation
    The current Lieutenant Governor is Sheila Simon.

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  • 8. 

    The Current Attorney General is ___________.

    Correct Answer
    Lisa Madigan
    Explanation
    Lisa Madigan is the current Attorney General.

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  • 9. 

    The Attorney General is the Lawyer for the State and the People.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The Attorney General is a legal representative who serves as the lawyer for both the State and the People. This means that they have the responsibility to represent and defend the interests of the government and the general public. They provide legal advice, prosecute criminal cases, and defend the state in legal matters. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 10. 

    The current Secretary of State is _____________.

    Correct Answer
    Jesse White
    Explanation
    Jesse White is the current Secretary of State.

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  • 11. 

    The Secretary of State provides direct services to Illinois citizens.  He/She issues vehicle license plates and titles, registers corporations, enforces the Illinois securities act, administers the Organ/Tissue doner program and licenses drivers and driver records.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The Secretary of State in Illinois is responsible for providing direct services to citizens. This includes issuing vehicle license plates and titles, registering corporations, enforcing the Illinois securities act, administering the Organ/Tissue donor program, and licensing drivers and driver records. Therefore, the statement that the Secretary of State provides direct services to Illinois citizens is true.

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  • 12. 

    The Comptroller safe-keeps and invests money

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The Comptroller maintains the state's centeral fiscal accounts

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  • 13. 

    The Treasurer safe-keeps and invests money.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that the Treasurer is responsible for safeguarding and investing money. This implies that the Treasurer plays a crucial role in managing the financial resources of an organization or institution. Therefore, the correct answer is True.

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  • 14. 

    What is the Illinois Legislative Branch is known as?

    • A.

      General Assembly

    • B.

      Supreme Court

    • C.

      Senate

    • D.

      Illinois House of Representatives

    Correct Answer
    A. General Assembly
    Explanation
    The Illinois Legislative Branch is known as the General Assembly. This is the correct answer because the General Assembly is the official name for the legislative branch of the state of Illinois. It is composed of two houses, the Senate and the Illinois House of Representatives, and is responsible for creating and passing laws in the state. The term "General Assembly" is commonly used to refer to the legislative branch in Illinois.

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  • 15. 

    When does the General Assembly begin it's session?

    • A.

      January 20th

    • B.

      Second Wednesday of January

    • C.

      January 4th

    Correct Answer
    B. Second Wednesday of January
    Explanation
    The General Assembly begins its session on the second Wednesday of January. This is a specific date that is consistent every year, allowing for planning and preparation. It is a significant day as it marks the start of the legislative activities for the year. The choice of the second Wednesday ensures that there is a set day for the session to commence, regardless of the specific date of January 1st.

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  • 16. 

    We are currently in the 84th Session.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    We are currently in the 96th Session.

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  • 17. 

    The requirements to be a memeber of the Illinois legislative branch
    • Must be at least 21 years old
    • A United States Citizen
    • Resident in the District being represented

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    To be a member of the Illinois legislative branch, one must meet certain requirements. These include being at least 21 years old, being a United States citizen, and being a resident in the district being represented. Therefore, the statement "True" is correct as it accurately reflects the requirements to be a member of the Illinois legislative branch.

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  • 18. 

    How many Senators are in the Illinois Legislative Branch?

    • A.

      100

    • B.

      59

    • C.

      49

    Correct Answer
    B. 59
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 59 because the Illinois Legislative Branch consists of 59 Senators.

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  • 19. 

    The Illinois Senator is __________.

    Correct Answer
    Pat Altoff
  • 20. 

    What is the Senator's district number?

    • A.

      43

    • B.

      21

    • C.

      32

    Correct Answer
    C. 32
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 32. This implies that the Senator's district number is 32.

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  • 21. 

    The Illinois Senator has a 4 year term

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The Illinois Senator has a 4-year term because in the state of Illinois, senators are elected to serve a term of 4 years. This is in line with the term lengths of senators in many other states across the United States. The longer term allows senators to have a more stable and consistent presence in the legislative body, giving them more time to work on and advocate for policies and issues important to their constituents.

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  • 22. 

    How many Representatives are in the Illinois legislative branch?

    • A.

      115

    • B.

      118

    • C.

      100

    Correct Answer
    B. 118
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 118 because the Illinois legislative branch consists of two chambers - the House of Representatives and the Senate. The House of Representatives in Illinois has 118 members, each representing a specific district in the state. Therefore, the correct answer is 118.

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  • 23. 

    The Illinois Representative is __________.

    Correct Answer
    Jack Franks
    Explanation
    The Illinois Representative is Jack Franks.

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  • 24. 

    The Representative's district number is 63.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The representative's district number is 63, which means that this statement is true. This suggests that the representative is assigned to represent the constituents of district number 63, indicating that they were elected or appointed to serve the residents of that specific district.

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  • 25. 

    How long is the term for an Illinois Representative?

    • A.

      4 years

    • B.

      2 years

    • C.

      3 years

    Correct Answer
    B. 2 years
    Explanation
    The term for an Illinois Representative is 2 years. This means that individuals elected to this position serve for a period of 2 years before they are up for re-election. This shorter term allows for more frequent elections and gives voters the opportunity to hold their representatives accountable more frequently. It also allows for a more responsive and dynamic legislative body that can adapt to changing needs and priorities of the constituents.

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  • 26. 

    Illinois legislative branch adjourns at the end of May.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because the Illinois legislative branch does indeed adjourn at the end of May. This means that the legislative session for the state of Illinois typically concludes at the end of May, and lawmakers take a break until the next session begins. This is a common practice in many legislative bodies, where sessions are scheduled for a specific period of time before adjourning.

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  • 27. 

    The President of the Illinois Senate is _________.

    Correct Answer
    John Cullerton
    Explanation
    John Cullerton is the correct answer because he currently serves as the President of the Illinois Senate. He was elected to this position in 2009 and has since been responsible for leading the Senate and overseeing its operations. As the President, Cullerton plays a crucial role in shaping legislation and setting the agenda for the Senate. He is a prominent figure in Illinois politics and has been involved in various policy initiatives during his tenure.

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  • 28. 

    How long is the Senate President's term?

    • A.

      4 years

    • B.

      2 years

    • C.

      3 years

    Correct Answer
    B. 2 years
    Explanation
    The Senate President's term is 2 years. This means that the individual elected as Senate President serves in this position for a period of 2 years before a new election is held. This shorter term allows for more frequent turnover in leadership and provides the opportunity for different individuals to hold this position and bring new perspectives and ideas to the Senate.

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  • 29. 

    The Senate President's main duties are
    • Appoint new Senate Members
    • Review and approve all vouchers
    • Certify that all bills passed by the senate are in accordence with Senate rules.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The Senate President's main duties include appointing new Senate members, reviewing and approving all vouchers, and certifying that all bills passed by the Senate are in accordance with Senate rules.

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  • 30. 

    The Speaker of the House is ___________.

    Correct Answer
    Michael J. Madigan
    Michael Madigan
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Michael J. Madigan or Michael Madigan. These names refer to the same person who is the Speaker of the House.

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  • 31. 

    The main duties of the Speaker of the House is
    • Sets session meeting schedules
    • Establishes the order of buisness

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The main duties of the Speaker of the House include setting session meeting schedules and establishing the order of business. This means that the Speaker is responsible for determining when and how often the House of Representatives will meet, as well as deciding the agenda and order in which bills and other matters will be discussed and voted on. Therefore, the statement "True" is correct.

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  • 32. 

    How many days must be read before passing?

    • A.

      4

    • B.

      3

    • C.

      8

    Correct Answer
    B. 3
  • 33. 

    If a vacancy happens, the position must be filled within 30 days.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    If a vacancy occurs, it is necessary to fill the position within 30 days. This implies that there is a requirement or expectation for the position to be filled promptly.

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  • 34. 

    What vote is needed to expel a member?

    • A.

      2/3rds

    • B.

      3/5ths

    • C.

      3/4ths

    Correct Answer
    A. 2/3rds
    Explanation
    A 2/3rds vote is needed to expel a member. This means that at least two-thirds of the voting members must vote in favor of expulsion in order for it to be carried out. This requirement ensures that a significant majority agrees on the decision to remove a member, providing a level of consensus and preventing arbitrary expulsions.

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  • 35. 

    In order to pass a bill, it must recieve a majority vote.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    To pass a bill, it must receive a majority vote, which means that more than half of the people voting must support it. This ensures that the bill has enough support to be considered valid and representative of the majority's opinion. If a bill does not receive a majority vote, it will not be passed. Therefore, the statement "In order to pass a bill, it must receive a majority vote" is true.

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  • 36. 

    How long after a bill is passed must it be presented to the Governor?

    • A.

      3 days

    • B.

      60 days

    • C.

      30 days

    Correct Answer
    C. 30 days
    Explanation
    According to the given options, a bill must be presented to the Governor within 30 days after it is passed. This means that the legislative body has a period of 30 days to formally submit the bill to the Governor for approval or veto. If the bill is not presented within this timeframe, it may not be considered by the Governor and may not become law.

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  • 37. 

    The Governor has 60 days to approve a bill.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because the Governor is typically given a certain amount of time, in this case 60 days, to review and approve a bill before it becomes law. This period allows the Governor to thoroughly consider the bill and its potential impact before making a decision. If the Governor does not take any action within the specified timeframe, the bill may automatically become law without their signature.

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  • 38. 

    How long after a veto does the General Assembly have to override it?

    • A.

      60 days

    • B.

      30 days

    • C.

      15 days

    Correct Answer
    C. 15 days
    Explanation
    The General Assembly has 15 days to override a veto. This means that if the Governor vetoes a bill, the General Assembly has a limited amount of time to gather enough votes to override the veto and pass the bill into law without the Governor's approval. This time constraint ensures that the legislative process can continue without unnecessary delays caused by a veto.

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  • 39. 

    Three-fifths of the vote is needed to override a veto.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    In order to override a veto, three-fifths of the vote is needed. This means that a larger majority is required compared to a simple majority. It implies that there is a higher threshold for the legislative body to overturn the decision made by the executive branch. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 40. 

    Who starts impeachment legislation?

    • A.

      General Assembly

    • B.

      Senate

    • C.

      House of Representatives

    Correct Answer
    C. House of Representatives
    Explanation
    The House of Representatives starts impeachment legislation. In the United States, impeachment is the process by which a legislative body brings charges against a government official. The House of Representatives has the power to initiate impeachment proceedings by introducing and passing articles of impeachment. Once the articles of impeachment are approved, the case is then sent to the Senate for trial. Therefore, the House of Representatives plays a crucial role in initiating the impeachment process.

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  • 41. 

    What kind of vote is needed to impeach?

    • A.

      2/3rds

    • B.

      3/5fths

    • C.

      Majority

    Correct Answer
    C. Majority
    Explanation
    To impeach, a majority vote is needed. This means that more than half of the voting members must be in favor of impeachment. This requirement ensures that there is a sufficient level of agreement among the decision-making body before removing someone from office. A majority vote is a common threshold used in many democratic processes to make decisions and enact changes.

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  • 42. 

    Impeachments are tried in the Supreme Court.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Impeachments are tried in the Senate

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  • 43. 

    2/3rds vote is needed to convict.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A 2/3rds vote is needed to convict means that in order for someone to be convicted of a crime, at least two-thirds of the voting members must agree that the person is guilty. This is a higher threshold than a simple majority vote, which requires only more than half of the votes. The requirement of a 2/3rds vote is often used in situations where the decision is considered particularly important or significant, such as in impeachment trials or constitutional amendments.

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  • 44. 

    What is the highest court in Illinois?

    • A.

      Senate

    • B.

      House of Representatives

    • C.

      Supreme Court

    Correct Answer
    C. Supreme Court
    Explanation
    The Supreme Court is the highest court in Illinois. It is responsible for interpreting the state's laws and ensuring that they align with the Illinois Constitution. The Supreme Court has the final authority to make decisions on legal matters and has the power to review lower court decisions. It consists of seven justices who are elected by the people of Illinois. The Senate and House of Representatives are legislative bodies and do not have the authority to serve as the highest court in the state.

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  • 45. 

    Chief Justice is ________.

    Correct Answer
    Robert Thomas
  • 46. 

    How long is the Chief Justice's term?

    • A.

      10 years

    • B.

      Life

    • C.

      5 years

    Correct Answer
    A. 10 years
    Explanation
    The Chief Justice's term is 10 years. This means that once appointed as the Chief Justice, they will serve in that role for a period of 10 years before their term ends.

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  • 47. 

    There are 7 justices on the Illinois Supreme Court.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because the Illinois Supreme Court consists of 7 justices. This means that there are 7 individuals who serve as judges on the highest court in the state of Illinois.

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  • 48. 

    There are 3 Judicial districts.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Sorry there are 5 districts

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  • 49. 

    In order to vote in Illinois
    • Must be at least 18
    • Live in the state for at least 30 days before election

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    To vote in Illinois, two requirements must be met: being at least 18 years old and living in the state for at least 30 days before the election. Therefore, the statement "True" is correct, as both conditions need to be fulfilled in order to be eligible to vote in Illinois.

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  • 50. 

    Can you be disqualified from voting in Illinois?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    You can be disqualified from voting in Illinois if you have been convicted of a felony or is under sentence in correctional institution.

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