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Illinois Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Dec. 3, 2013 SB 1 Amends State Employees' Pension Plans Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(30 - 24)
May 27, 2010 SB 3658 Temporary Sales Tax Holiday Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(42 - 8)
May 27, 2010 SB 3660 Emergency Budget Act of Fiscal Year 2011 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(32 - 23)
May 7, 2010 HB 859 2010-2011 Budget Bill Passed - Senate
(31 - 26)
May 6, 2010 SB 642 Public University Borrowing Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(43 - 11)
May 5, 2010 SB 3695 Streetgang-Related Crime Fund Changes Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(35 - 20)
May 4, 2010 HB 2360 Homeowner's Emergency Assistance Plan Bill Passed - Senate
(35 - 15)
Feb. 11, 2010 SB 3658 Back to School Sales Tax Decrease Senate Co-sponsor
July 15, 2009 SB 1216 2009-2010 Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(45 - 10)
July 15, 2009 SB 1292 Issuing of Bonds for Revenue Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(43 - 12)
June 30, 2009 SB 415 Bond Approval Concurrence Vote Failed - Senate
(32 - 21)
May 30, 2009 HB 174 Income Tax Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(31 - 27)
May 20, 2009 HB 255 Video Gambling in Various Establishments Bill Passed - Senate
(47 - 12)
Feb. 20, 2009 SB 2252 Temporary Income Tax Increase and Tax Credit for Green Businesses House Co-sponsor
Aug. 19, 2008 HB 4201 Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans Concurrence Vote Failed - Senate
(27 - 11)
May 29, 2008 SB 788 Authorizing $16 Billion Increase in Bonds for State Pensions Bill Passed - Senate
(37 - 21)
April 16, 2008 SB 2052 Taxes for Levee Repair Bill Passed - Senate
(41 - 15)

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.

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