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Senator Terry Link Bio

Lake County’s Terry Link is a senior Democratic leader in the Illinois Senate. A respected legislator, Link holds over a decade of experience working to make Illinois safer, stronger, and more prosperous for people throughout the state and the constituency of the 30th District.

Senator Link was first elected to the State Senate in November of 1996. He currently serves as the Illinois Senate’s Majority Caucus Whip, Chair of the Senate’s Committee on Gaming and Vice-Chair of the Committee on Elections. Link also serves as a member of the Committees on Financial Institutions, Judiciary and Local Government.

Link attended North Chicago High School and Stout State University. He then moved on to pursue a successful career in business. Link has previous experience as a partner at Major Industrial Trucking in Lake County and Johnson Controls where he worked in the governmental affairs division. However, it was his service with the State’s Treasurer and Secretary of State Offices that allowed him to learn the intricate workings of Illinois government.

A common-sense leader who has long fought to put our state’s fiscal house in order, Link has been at the forefront of issues that promote a better economy for all Illinois residents. As property tax bills rose across the state, Link passed a measure to place a tax cap on the annual increases to make payments more reasonable for tax payers over time. Link has also passed legislation allowing increased homestead exemptions for veterans and seniors. He currently chairs Illinois’ Property Tax Reform and Relief Task Force which studies Illinois property tax systems, investigates means of reducing our reliance on property taxes and examines alternative methods of funding.

A recipient of numerous awards from environmental organizations, Link’s record reflects his commitment to providing a safe and clean environment for current and future Illinoisans. Link sponsored the Smoke Free Illinois Act to protect employees and residents of Illinois from the dangers of secondhand smoke. Link has also passed legislation to reduce the health hazards created by emissions from environmentally unfriendly vehicles.

While away from the Senate, Link actively serves in numerous organizations throughout his district. He serves as President of Friends of the Genesee Theater, a member of the Foundation Board of the College of Lake County and a board member of Nicasa.

Senator Link is married to Susan McCall Link and has four daughters and two grandchildren.

Sen. Terry Link


30th District
Assistant Majority Leader

Years served:
1997 - Present

Committee assignments: Executive; Financial Institutions (Vice-Chairperson); Committee of the Whole; Energy and Public Utilities; Insurance.

Biography: Partner, Lake County Industrial Equipment; born March 20, 1947, in Waukegan; attended Stout State University; married (wife, Susan McCall Link), has four children.>