In the primaries, 1,428,685 ballots were cast (635,487 Democratic and 793,198 Republican).
In the general election, 4,079,024 ballots were cast.
United States President
United States Senate
Incumbent Democrat Scott W. Lucas won reelection to a second term.
United States House
All 26 Illinois seats in the United States House of Representatives were up for election in 1944.
Democrats flipped four Republican-held seats, making the composition of Illinois' House delegation 15 Republicans and 11 Democrats.
|Democratic||Thomas J. Courtney||531,134||100|
|Republican||Dwight H. Green (incumbent)||621,286||86.16|
|Republican||Oscar E. Carlstrom||99,831||13.84|
|Republican||Dwight H. Green||2,013,270||50.75|
|Democratic||Thomas J. Courtney||1,940,999||48.93|
|Socialist Labor||Charles Storm||6,906||0.17|
|Prohibition||Willis Ray Wilson||5,590||0.14|
|Democratic||Edward C. "Ted" Hunter||487,810||100|
|Republican||Hugh W. Cross (incumbent)||613,829||100|
|Republican||Hugh W. Cross (incumbent)||1,950,767||50.25|
|Democratic||Edward C. "Ted" Hunter||1,919,029||49.43|
|Socialist Labor||Gregory P. Lyngas||6,816||0.18|
|Prohibition||Henry Johnson Long||5,827||0.15|
|Republican||George F. Barrett (incumbent)||554,353||86.13|
|Republican||Lloyd C. Moody||89,306||13.88|
|Republican||George F. Barrett (incumbent)||1,959,836||50.53|
|Socialist Labor||Tony Berchon||6,658||0.17|
Secretary of State
Incumbent third-term Secretary of State Edward J. Hughes, a Democrat, did not seek reelection. Hughes then died before the general election, and in June of 1944, Richard Yates Rowe, a Republican, was appointed to fill the rest of his term. In the election, Democrat Edward J. Barrett was elected to permanently succeed them in office.
|Democratic||Edward J. Barrett||505,699||100|
Arnold P. Benson won the Republican primary, defeating incumbent Illinois Treasurer and former congressman William Stratton.
|Republican||Arnold P. Benson||401,040||57.00|
|Republican||William G. Stratton||302,539||43.00|
|Democratic||Edward J. Barrett||2,003,057||51.33|
|Republican||Arnold P. Benson||1,886,876||48.35|
|Socialist Labor||Louis Fisher||6,927||0.18|
|Prohibition||Robert W. Melven||5,740||0.15|
Auditor of Public Accounts
|Republican||Arthur C. Lueder (incumbent)||606,531||100|
|Republican||Arthur C. Lueder (incumbent)||1,951,828||50.37|
|Socialist Labor||O. Alfred Olson||7,132||0.18|
Incumbent first-term Treasurer William G. Stratton, a Republican, did not seek reelection, instead opting to run for Secretary of State. Republican Conrad F. Becker was elected to succeed him in office.
|Democratic||Earl W. Merritt||471,294||100|
|Republican||Conrad F. Becker||422,336||67.29|
|Republican||Walter W. Waite||117,506||18.72|
|Republican||Taylor E. Wilhelm||87,791||13.99|
|Republican||Conrad F. Becker||1,933,705||50.03|
|Democratic||Earl W. Merritt||1,918,595||49.64|
|Socialist Labor||Gus Larson||7,071||0.18|
|Prohibition||William J. Goodman||5,838||0.15|
Clerk of the Supreme Court
Incumbent Clerk of the Supreme Court Edward F. Cullinane, a Democrat appointed to the office in 1940 after the death in office of Adam F. Bloch, did not seek reelection. Republican Earle Benjamin Searcy was elected to succeed him in office.
|Republican||Earle Benjamin Searcy||585,325||100|
|Republican||Earle Benjamin Searcy||1,953,537||50.72|
|Socialist Labor||Rudy Kosic||6,798||0.18|
|Prohibition||Harry A. Varney||5,774||0.15|
Seats of the Illinois Senate were up for election in 1944. Republicans retained control of the chamber.
State House of Representatives
Seats in the Illinois House of Representatives were up for election in 1944. Republicans retained control of the chamber.
Trustees of University of Illinois
Democratic incumbent Karl A. Meyer was reelected to a third term. Democratic incumbent Kenny E. Williamson, who had been appointed to fill a vacancy in 1940 was reelected to his first full term. New Democratic member Walter W. McLaughlin was also elected.
|Democratic||Walter W. McLaughlin||1,944,733½||16.91|
|Democratic||Karl A. Meyer (incumbent)||1,941,038||16.88|
|Democratic||Kenney E. Williamson (incumbent)||1,923,750||16.73|
|Republican||Charles L. Engstrom||1,899,495½||16.52|
|Republican||Charles S. Pillsbury||1,888,459½||16.42|
|Socialist Labor||Helen Olson||7,269½||0.06|
|Socialist Labor||Nada Mijanovich||7,045||0.06|
|Socialist Labor||Gabriele McKenzie||6,806||0.06|
|Prohibition||Mildred E. Young||6,083½||0.05|
|Prohibition||Alonzo L. Parrott||5,956||0.05|
|Prohibition||Clay Freeman Gaumer||5,866||0.05|
In order to be approved, legislatively referred state statues required the support of a majority of those voting on the statute. In order to be approved, legislatively referred constitutional amendments required approval equal to a majority of voters voting in the entire general election.
Illinois County Officer Term Limit Amendment
Illinois County Officer Term Limit Amendment, a legislatively referred constitutional amendment which would have amended Section 8 of Article X of the Constitution of the 1870 Constitution of Illinois, failed to meet the threshold for approval.
The amendment would have removed a constitutional provision requiring elected county officers to wait for four years after their term expired before they would be eligible to hold that same office again.
|Illinois County Officer Term Limit Amendment|
|Option||Votes||% of all ballots|
Illinois General Banking Law Amendment
Local elections were held.
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- "Rosters of Government Officials" (PDF). State of Illinois. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
- "Trustees, University of Illinois Board of Trustees" (PDF). University of Illinois. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
- Illinois Constitution of 1870 ARTICLE XIV Section 2
- "Illinois County Officer Term Limit Amendment (1944)". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
- "Illinois General Banking Law Amendment (1944)". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 4 August 2020.