Heartland

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Heartland
Capital Springfield, Illinois
Largest city Chicago
Notable Metropolitan Areas Chicago, IL (split with Appalachia)
Detroit, MI
Milwaukee, WI
Greater St. Louis, IL-MO (split with Mississippi Valley)
Grand Rapids, MI
Madison, WI
Lansing, MI
Quad Cities, IL-IA (split with Mississippi Valley
Peoria, IL
Rockford, IL
Kalamazoo, MI
Greater South Bend (split with Appalachia)
Green Bay, WI
Regions States
Illinois Illinois
Great Lakes Michigan
Wisconsin
Area  Ranked 7th
 - Total 211,202 sq mi
(?) km²
 - % water (?)
Population  Ranked 6th
 - Total 27,721,412
 - Density 131.26/sq mi 
(?)/km² ((?)th)
Governor George Duke van Laasté (D-MI)
U.S. Senators
 - Illinois Josiah Tonkins (D-IL)
Elizabeth Battenberg (R-IL)
 - Great Lakes Alice Fox (D-MI)
Bryan Jennings (D-MI)
Abbreviation HRT
Web site Heartland Government

The Superregion of Heartland comprises of single-state region of Illinois and the two-state region of the Great Lakes. Illinois is the largest state, but the Great Lakes have a larger combined population. It is the smallest super-region in terms of number of states (3).

Geographically, the region is essentially composed of the states surrounding Lake Michigan, except for Indiana (which belongs to Appalachia). The Great Lakes region touches Lakes Michigan, Superior, Huron, and Erie (missing only Lake Ontario), making it an aptly named region. However, the term Heartland to describe the superregion is under-inclusive, as states in Appalachia, Mississippi Valley and even Big Sky Country would also fit this description.


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Adjacent Superregions

Politics

The Heartlands is lean-Democrat overall, with Democrats holding only a 52-48 overall advantage. The Great Lakes leans even more weakly towards the Democrats (51-49), while Illinois is a bit more comfortable (53-47) for Democrats. Politically, Republicans have been able in the past to overcome the bluish tint, and win the Governorship of the Heartlands, as well as winning Senate races in the Great Lakes; to date, however, they have not won any Senate races in Illinois.

Election 2008

Highlights: Max Powers elected Governor, Michael Casmir elected Illinois Senator, and Angela Chiles elected Great Lakes Senator.

Election 2010

Highlights: Andrew Merrilin re-elected Governor, after having ascended to the post upon the resignation of Max Powers. Elizabeth Wellbourne re-elected to the Senate.

Election 2012

Highlights: Senator Gregory Wolff re-elected. Governor Andrew Merrilin runs for and wins the Vice Presidency.

Election 2014

Highlights: Governor Elizabeth Wellbourne, who had become Governor when Andrew Merrilin resigned to become Vice President, while the Lieutenant Governorship was vacant, was re-elected Governor. Senators Williams, Brockmeier, and Gillikin are re-elected.

Election 2016

(Coming soon to a wikitable near you!)


Office Holders

Executive

Year Governor Lt. Governor
Name Party State Name Party State
2009 - Max Powers Republican Michigan - Joseph Warren Republican Great Lakes
James Fitzgerald Republican Illinois
Andrew Merrilin Republican Michigan
2010 Andrew Merrilin Republican Michigan Adam Bishop Republican Illinois
2011 - -
2012 Vacant
2013 Elizabeth Wellbourne Democrat Michigan
2014
2015 - - Angela Mallory Republican Michigan
2016
2017
2018 Vacant
2019 - Teddy Williams Democrat Illinois - Chris Richards Democrat Michigan
2020
2021
2022
2023 - -
2024
2025
2026
2027 - -
2028
2029
2030
2031 - -
2032
2033 - George Duke van Laaste Democrat Wisconsin - Chris Richards Democrat Michigan
2033
2034 - -
2035
2036
2037
2038 - -
2039

Legislature

Year Legislature
GOP DNC Indy Maj. Leader Min. Leader
2009 46 55 0 Jiles Scott Joseph Warren
James Fitzgerald
Andrew Merrilin
2010 Adam Bishop
2011 45 55 1
2012 Unknown
2013 47 54 0 Tom Dayton
2014
2015 49 52 0 Pamela Dewey Angela Mallory
2016
2017 47 54 0 Jiles Scott
2018
Amita Kapoor
2019 50 51 0 Chris Richards
2020 Amos Miller
2021 48 52 1 Sarah Merrilin
2022
2023 47 54 0
2024

Footnotes

Senators

Senators
Year Illinois Great Lakes
Class 2 Class 3 Class 1 Class 3
2008 Gregory Wolff (D-IL) Vacant Elizabeth Wellbourne (D-MI) Vacant
2009 Michael Casmir (D-IL) Angela Chiles (R-WI)
2010
2011 Elizabeth Wellbourne (D-MI)1
Jason Gillikin (R-MI)A
2012
2013 Gregory Wolff (D-IL) Jason Gillikin (R-MI)X
Andrew Brockmeier (D-MI)A
Teddy Williams (D-IL)A
2014
2015 Teddy Williams (D-IL) Andrew Brockmeier (D-MI)X Jason Gillikin (R-MI)
2016

Footnotes

  • A Appointed to fill a vacancy
  • X Elected to fill the remainder of a predecessor's term.
  • 1 Resigned from the Senate to be (indirectly) appointed Governor.
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