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Selected Sponsorships

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Oct. 24, 2011 HB 3859 Requires Publication of Reduced Tax Rates under the EDGE Program House Co-sponsor
Oct. 5, 2011 HB 3810 Eliminates General Assembly Scholarships House Co-sponsor
Feb. 4, 2011 HB 1091 Public-Private Transportation Partnership House Co-sponsor
Oct. 15, 2009 HB 4654 Limiting Free Mass Transit for Seniors House Co-sponsor
May 27, 2009 HJRCA 31 Authorizing Governor Recall Elections House Co-sponsor
Jan. 14, 2009 HR 5 Impeachment of Governor Rod R. Blagojevich House Co-sponsor
Jan. 8, 2009 HR 1671 Impeachment of Governor Rod R. Blagojevich House Co-sponsor
May 6, 2008 HJR 132 Legislative Salaries House Co-sponsor
Aug. 1, 2007 HJRCA 28 Recall Elections House Co-sponsor
Feb. 8, 2007 SB 500 Statewide smoking ban Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 6, 2007 HB 656 Transportation Act House Sponsor

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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:

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