1942 was a midterm election year in the United States.
In the primary election 1,963,298 ballots were cast (1,026,644 Democratic and 936,654 Republican).
In the general election 3,049,312 ballots were cast.
United States Senate
Incumbent Republican Charles W. Brooks was reelected.
United States House
Illinois had redistricted before this election, and had lost one seat due to reapportionment following the 1950 United States Census. All of Illinois' remaining 26 seats in the United States House of Representatives were up for election in 1942.
Before the election Republicans held 16 seats and Democrats held 11 seats from Illinois. In 1942, Republicans won 19 seats and Democrats won 7 seats.
|Democratic||W. D. Forsyth||427,688||48.98|
|Democratic||Edward J. Barrett||332,011||38.02|
|Democratic||Edward J. Callahan||63,832||7.31|
|Democratic||John H. Condon||49,711||5.69|
Incumbent congressman William G. Stratton won the Republican nomination.
|Republican||William G. Stratton||625,445||79.27|
|Republican||Harold T. Halfpenny||100,637||12.75|
|Republican||Charles P. MacAuley||62,957||7.98|
|Republican||William G. Stratton||1,553,944||54.25|
|Democratic||W. D. Forsyth||1,300,091||45.39|
|Prohibition||William G. Goodman||10,537||0.37|
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|Democratic||John A. Wieland (incumbent)||777,534||100|
|Republican||Vernon L. Nickell||348,379||48.56|
|Republican||Wiley B. Garvin||151,007||21.05|
|Republican||Michael I. Cleary||114,804||16.00|
|Republican||W. C. Handlin||103,276||14.40|
|Republican||Vernon L. Nickell||1,497,550||52.71|
|Democratic||John A. Wieland (incumbent)||1,333,679||46.94|
|Prohibition||Clay Freeman Gaumer||9,944||0.35|
Seats in the Illinois Senate were up for election in 1942. Republicans retained control of the chamber.
State House of Representatives
Seats in the Illinois House of Representatives were up for election in 1942. Republicans retained control of the chamber.
Trustees of University of Illinois
Incumbent Democrats Homer M. Adams and James M. Cleary were not renominated.
Democrat Kenney E. Williamson had briefly served before, having been appointed in 1940.
|Republican||Chester R. Davis (incumbent)||1,515,787||18.08|
|Republican||Frank H. McKelvey||1,500,721½||17.90|
|Republican||Martin G. Luken||1,476,031½||17.60|
|Democratic||T. V. Smith||1,322,287½||15.77|
|Democratic||Kenney E. Williamson||1,265,520½||15.09|
|Prohibition||Mildred E. Young||11,542||0.14|
|Prohibition||Alonzo L. Parrott||10,927½||0.13|
|Prohibition||Minnie Broom Koss||10,563||0.13|
|Republican||Charles H. Thompson||55,832||50.99|
|Democratic||Paul Farthing (incumbent)||53,667||49.01|
Republican incumbent June C. Smith with reelected.
|Republican||June C. Smith||48,380||57.47|
Republican incumbent Walter T. Gunn was reelected, running unopposed.
|Republican||Charles H. Thompson||14,208||98.67|
|Republican||William J. Fulton||35,015||74.51|
|Democratic||Elwyn R. Shaw (incumbent)||11,976||25.49|
Incumbent Democrat Francis S. Wilson was reelected, running unopposed.
|Democratic||Francis S. Wilson (incumbent)||254,707||99.78|
Election were held on November 3, 1942 to fill two vacancies on the 16th Judicial Circuit and one vacancy on the 17th Judicial Circuit.
One measure was put before voters in 1942.
Illinois Revenue Amendment
If approved, this amendment would have enabled the legislature to exempt from certain taxes businesses that sold food for human consumption, allowing the legislature to define the word "food".
|Illinois Gateway Amendment|
|Option||Votes||% of all ballots|
Local elections were held.
- "OFFICIAL VOTE of the STATE OF ILLINOIS Cast at the GENERAL ELECTION, November 3, 1942 JUDICIAL ELECTIONS, 1941-1942 PRIMARY ELECTION GENERAL PRIMARY, April 14, 1942" (PDF). Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved 4 August 2020.[permanent dead link]
- "Trustees, University of Illinois Board of Trustees" (PDF). University of Illinois. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
- "Illinois Revenue Amendment (1942)". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
- Illinois Constitution of 1870 ARTICLE XIV Section 2