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Illinois Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
May 17, 2013 HB 1 Authorizes the Use of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate
(35 - 21)
May 1, 2013 SB 1639 Requires Reimbursement for the Sale of Unhealthy Pets Bill Passed - Senate
(31 - 18)
Feb. 28, 2013 SB 26 Expands Medicaid Eligibility Bill Passed - Senate
(40 - 19)
Feb. 14, 2013 SB 622 Increases Physician License Fees Bill Passed - Senate
(38 - 19)
Jan. 10, 2013 SB 26 Expands Medicaid Eligibility Senate Sponsor
May 31, 2012 HB 5440 Establishes a 5 Percent Fee on Satellite TV Companies Bill Passed - Senate
(30 - 27)
May 31, 2012 SB 3442 Requires Recycling of Plastic Bags Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(38 - 15)
May 29, 2012 SB 2194 Increases Cigarette Tax Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(31 - 27)
Nov. 29, 2011 HB 1883 Property Tax Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(36 - 18)
May 27, 2010 SB 3658 Temporary Sales Tax Holiday Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(42 - 8)
May 5, 2010 SB 3267 Elder Financial Exploitation Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(47 - 9)
March 24, 2010 SB 3267 Elder Financial Exploitation Bill Passed - Senate
(33 - 14)
March 18, 2010 SB 615 Local Food, Farms and Jobs Act Bill Passed - Senate
(39 - 16)
Jan. 12, 2010 HB 1188 Increasing Cemetery Regulations Bill Passed - Senate
(30 - 24)
May 30, 2009 HB 174 Income Tax Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(31 - 27)
Feb. 20, 2009 SB 2252 Temporary Income Tax Increase and Tax Credit for Green Businesses House Co-sponsor
Aug. 19, 2008 HB 5285 Extending Parental Health Insurance to Unmarried Dependents Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(35 - 17)
April 1, 2008 SB 1997 Interscholastic Event Image Release Bill Passed - Senate
(47 - 5)

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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