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Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

2010 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 80% 2010 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 0% 2009-2010 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 81% 2009-2010 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 78% 2009-2010 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Net Congressional Score 54% 2009-2010 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Progressive Action Score 29% 2009-2010 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 100% 2009-2010 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 90% 2009-2010 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -4% 2009 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 85% 2009 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 84% 2009 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Regressive Action Score 19% 2009 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 88% 2009 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -2% 2008 Citizen Action Illinois - Positions 80 2007-2008 Race Forward - Positions on Racial Justice 82 2007 Citizen Action Illinois - Positions on Progressive Policy 81.3 2007 Illinois Civil Justice League - Positions 14 2006-2012 Global Exchange - Percent Loyalty to Finance, Insurance, Real Estate Lobby 0% 2006 Race Forward - Positions on Racial Justice 100 2003 Citizen Action Illinois - Positions 96% 2001-2003 Gay Rights Information - Positions on LGBT Rights 0% 2001 Citizen Action Illinois - Positions on Progressive Policy 0% 2001 Gay Rights Information - Positions on LGBT Rights 0%

Foreign Affairs

2010 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 40% 2010 Citizens for Global Solutions - Global Issues Score B+ 2010 Latin America Working Group - Positions (House only) 0% 2010 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 45% 2010 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 54% 2010 Peace Action - Positions 14% 2010 Peace Action West - Positions 14% 2009-2010 ACT! for America - Positions 80% 2009-2010 Council for a Livable World - Positions 33% 2009-2010 PeacePAC - Positions (PeacePAC is sister organization of Council for a Livable World rating House Only) 33% 2009-2010 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -4% 2009-2010 USA Engage - Positions 40% 2009-2010 Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA) - Positions 20% 2009 American Security Council Foundation - Positions 70% 2009 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 33% 2009 Latin America Working Group - Positions 0% 2009 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 47% 2009 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 53% 2009 NewPolicy.org - Positions on International Middle East Policy Advocacy 0% 2009 Peace Action West - Positions 31% 2009 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -2% 2008 Resolve Uganda - Lifetime Score F 2007-2009 Citizens for Global Solutions - Global Issues Score B+ 2006-2012 Global Exchange - Percent Loyalty to Finance, Insurance, Real Estate Lobby 0%

Labor Unions

2010 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 93% 2010 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 100% 2010 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 100% 2010 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 100% 2010 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - House of Representatives Score 100% 2009-2010 Communications Workers of America - Positions 78% 2009-2010 International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Positions 100% 2009-2010 International Foodservice Distributors Association - Positions 0% 2009-2010 National Farmers Union - Positions 88% 2009-2010 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 86% 2009 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 85% 2009 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Lifetime Score 90% 2009 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 90% 2009 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 100% 2009 Illinois AFL-CIO - Lifetime Score 92% 2009 Illinois AFL-CIO - Positions 92% 2009 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 100% 2009 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 100% 2009 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 90% 2009 United Auto Workers - Positions 80% 2009 Women Employed - Positions 50% 2008 Illinois AFL-CIO - Positions 25% 2007 Illinois AFL-CIO - Positions on Workplace Rights 100 2005-2006 Tooling & Manufacturing Association - Positions on Manufacturers Advocacy 55 2005 Illinois AFL-CIO - Positions 83% 2004 Illinois AFL-CIO - Positions 100% 2003 Illinois AFL-CIO - Positions 96% 2001 Illinois AFL-CIO - Positions 100% 1999 Illinois AFL-CIO - Positions 100%

Socially Conservative

2010 Eagle Forum - Positions 0% 2010 Eagle Forum - Positions 0% 2010 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 42% 2010 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 42% 2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (May 2010 - September 2010) 0% 2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (May 2010 - September 2010) 0% 2009-2010 American Family Association - Positions 0% 2009-2010 American Family Association - Positions 0% 2009-2010 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0% 2009-2010 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0% 2009-2010 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0% 2009-2010 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0% 2009-2010 Concerned Women for America - Positions 4% 2009-2010 Concerned Women for America - Positions 4% 2009-2010 Family Research Council - Positions 0% 2009-2010 Family Research Council - Positions 0% 2009-2010 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0% 2009-2010 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0% 2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (November 2009 - June 2010) 10% 2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2010 7% 2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2010 7% 2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (November 2009 - June 2010) 10% 2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Session) 5% 2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Session) 5% 2009 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0% 2009 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0% 2009 Eagle Forum - Positions 4% 2009 Eagle Forum - Positions 4% 2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 5% 2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 5% 2009 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 43% 2009 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 43% 2009 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0% 2009 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0% 2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 29% 2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 29% 2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 13% 2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 13% 2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Year) 5% 2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2009) 10% 2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2009) 10% 2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (June 2009 - November 2009) 0% 2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (June 2009 - November 2009) 0% 2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Year) 5%

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