Key Votes

2013 Illinois Key Votes

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12/03 IL SB 1 Amends State Employees' Pension Plans Conference Report Adopted - House (62 - 53) 12/03 IL SB 1 Amends State Employees' Pension Plans Conference Report Adopted - Senate (30 - 24) 11/06 IL SB 1523 Amends Pension Code Bill Passed - House (87 - 26) 11/05 IL SB 10 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 21) 11/05 IL SB 10 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passed - House (61 - 54) 7/09 IL HB 183 Authorizes the Concealed Carry of Firearms Veto Override Passed - Senate (41 - 17) 7/09 IL HB 183 Authorizes the Concealed Carry of Firearms Veto Override Passed - House (77 - 31) 5/28 IL HB 1247 Prohibits Using a Hand-Held Cell Phone While Driving Concurrence Vote Passed - House (69 - 48) 5/27 IL SB 26 Expands Medicaid Eligibility Bill Passed - House (63 - 55) 5/27 IL SB 1639 Requires Reimbursement for the Sale of Unhealthy Pets Bill Passed - House (67 - 49) 5/23 IL HB 3227 Establishes a Governing Board for the State Health Insurance Exchange Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 19) 5/23 IL HB 1247 Prohibits Using a Hand-Held Cell Phone While Driving Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 20) 5/22 IL SB 9 Increases Utility Rates Veto Override Passed - House (71 - 41) 5/22 IL SB 2356 Increases Speed Limit on Non-Urban Highways Bill Passed - House (85 - 30) 5/22 IL HB 2675 Expands Sex Education Curriculum Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 21) 5/21 IL SB 9 Increases Utility Rates Veto Override Passed - Senate (44 - 11) 5/17 IL HB 1 Authorizes the Use of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 21) 5/15 IL HB 226 Authorizes 17 Year Olds to Vote in Primary Elections Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 9) 5/02 IL SB 1 Amends State Employees' Pension Plans Bill Passed - House (62 - 51) 5/01 IL SB 1639 Requires Reimbursement for the Sale of Unhealthy Pets Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 18) 5/01 IL SB 2202 Prohibits Smoking on State-Funded University and Community College Campuses Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 22) 5/01 IL SB 1739 Expands State Casino Development Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 20) 4/25 IL SB 2187 Authorizes Psychologists to Prescribe Drugs Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 10) 4/24 IL SB 923 Authorizes the Use of Cameras on School Buses to Photograph Traffic Violations Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 12) 4/17 IL HB 1 Authorizes the Use of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - House (61 - 57) 4/17 IL HB 2675 Expands Sex Education Curriculum Bill Passed - House (66 - 52) 4/17 IL HB 226 Authorizes 17 Year Olds to Vote in Primary Elections Bill Passed - House (95 - 22) 4/16 IL HB 2404 Amends Definition of Delinquent Minor Bill Passed - House (89 - 26) 4/11 IL HJRCA 18 Repeals the Position of Lieutenant Governor Joint Resolution Passed - House (83 - 28) 3/21 IL SB 9 Increases Utility Rates Bill Passed - House (86 - 28) 3/21 IL HB 1165 Establishes Cost of Living Adjustments in Pensions Bill Passed - House (66 - 50) 3/20 IL SB 1 Amends State Employees' Pension Plans Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 22) 3/14 IL SB 9 Increases Utility Rates Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 9) 3/07 IL SB 622 Increases Physician License Fees Bill Passed - House (65 - 49) 3/01 IL HB 1247 Prohibits Using a Hand-Held Cell Phone While Driving Bill Passed - House (64 - 46) 2/28 IL SB 26 Expands Medicaid Eligibility Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 19) 2/14 IL SB 10 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 21) 2/14 IL SB 622 Increases Physician License Fees Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 19) 1/08 IL SB 957 Authorizes Temporary Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (65 - 46)

About the Selection and Descriptions of Key Votes

Project Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and State voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Key votes typically include the initial passage of legislation and final conference report vote versions (the compromised versions of bills passed in separate House and Senate versions). Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

Descriptions of the votes are written by Vote Smart staff and based on information included in the Congressional Record, State House Journals, or Senate Journals, with additional background information from newspapers, magazines, etc. Vote Smart provides summaries for each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the final version of the bill.

The Key Votes Program follows Project Vote Smart's strict policies, procedures and structure that guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. In order to ensure that all Key Votes are non-partisan in their selection and language, each is approved by a group of over 160 political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.