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Illinois Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
March 20, 2014 AM 121 Nomination of Salvador A. Godinez to be Director of the Illinois Department of Corrections Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(37 - 18)
Nay
Feb. 5, 2014 SB 1227 Extends the Date for the Governor to Submit the State Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(37 - 15)
Did Not Vote
Dec. 3, 2013 SB 1 Amends State Employees' Pension Plans Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(30 - 24)
Nay
Nov. 5, 2013 SB 10 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(32 - 21)
Nay
July 9, 2013 HB 183 Authorizes the Concealed Carry of Firearms Veto Override Passed - Senate
(41 - 17)
Yea
May 23, 2013 HB 1247 Prohibits Using a Hand-Held Cell Phone While Driving Bill Passed - Senate
(34 - 20)
Nay
May 23, 2013 HB 3227 Establishes a Governing Board for the State Health Insurance Exchange Bill Passed - Senate
(37 - 19)
Nay
May 22, 2013 HB 2675 Expands Sex Education Curriculum Bill Passed - Senate
(37 - 21)
Nay
May 21, 2013 SB 9 Increases Utility Rates Veto Override Passed - Senate
(44 - 11)
Yea
May 17, 2013 HB 1 Authorizes the Use of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate
(35 - 21)
Nay
May 15, 2013 HB 226 Authorizes 17 Year Olds to Vote in Primary Elections Bill Passed - Senate
(43 - 9)
Nay
May 1, 2013 SB 1639 Requires Reimbursement for the Sale of Unhealthy Pets Bill Passed - Senate
(31 - 18)
Nay
May 1, 2013 SB 1739 Expands State Casino Development Bill Passed - Senate
(32 - 20)
Nay
May 1, 2013 SB 2202 Prohibits Smoking on State-Funded University and Community College Campuses Bill Passed - Senate
(30 - 22)
Nay
April 25, 2013 SB 2187 Authorizes Psychologists to Prescribe Drugs Bill Passed - Senate
(37 - 10)
Yea
April 24, 2013 SB 923 Authorizes the Use of Cameras on School Buses to Photograph Traffic Violations Bill Passed - Senate
(36 - 12)
Nay
March 20, 2013 SB 1 Amends State Employees' Pension Plans Bill Passed - Senate
(30 - 22)
Nay
March 14, 2013 SB 9 Increases Utility Rates Bill Passed - Senate
(44 - 9)
Did Not Vote
Feb. 28, 2013 SB 26 Expands Medicaid Eligibility Bill Passed - Senate
(40 - 19)
Nay
Feb. 20, 2013 HJRCA 18 Repeals the Position of Lieutenant Governor House Co-sponsor
Feb. 14, 2013 SB 10 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passed - Senate
(34 - 21)
Nay
Feb. 14, 2013 SB 622 Increases Physician License Fees Bill Passed - Senate
(38 - 19)
Nay
Dec. 4, 2012 SB 957 Authorizes Temporary Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - Senate
(41 - 14)
Did Not Vote
May 31, 2012 HB 1447 Pension Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(30 - 24)
Nay
May 31, 2012 HB 5440 Establishes a 5 Percent Fee on Satellite TV Companies Bill Passed - Senate
(30 - 27)
Nay
May 31, 2012 SB 1566 Increases License Plate Fees Concurrence Vote Failed - Senate
(33 - 21)
Nay
May 31, 2012 SB 1849 Expands Gambling Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(30 - 26)
Nay
May 31, 2012 SB 3442 Requires Recycling of Plastic Bags Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(38 - 15)
Nay
May 29, 2012 HB 5290 Requires Schools to Establish Bullying Policies Bill Failed - Senate
(29 - 21)
Nay
May 29, 2012 SB 2194 Increases Cigarette Tax Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(31 - 27)
Nay
May 24, 2012 SB 2840 Limits Medicaid Funding Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(44 - 13)
Yea
May 10, 2012 SB 1313 Limits Health Care Coverage for Retired State Employees Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(31 - 20)
Did Not Vote
Dec. 13, 2011 SB 397 Tax Code Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(44 - 9)
Yea
Dec. 13, 2011 SB 400 Amends State Income Tax Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(48 - 4)
Yea
Nov. 29, 2011 HB 1883 Property Tax Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(36 - 18)
Nay
Nov. 10, 2011 SB 2147 Paying Regional Superintendents Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(38 - 16)
Nay
Oct. 26, 2011 SB 1652 Smart Grid Technology Veto Override Passed - Senate
(36 - 19)
Yea
Oct. 26, 2011 SB 965 Authorizing Speed Cameras in Certain Cities Bill Passed - Senate
(32 - 24)
Nay
Oct. 5, 2011 HB 3810 Eliminates General Assembly Scholarships House Co-sponsor
May 31, 2011 SB 1178 Congressional Redistricting Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(34 - 25)
Nay
May 31, 2011 SB 145 Nursing Home Infection Control Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(33 - 24)
Nay
May 31, 2011 SB 1652 Smart Grid Technology Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(31 - 24)
Yea
May 31, 2011 SB 744 Authorizes Gambling Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(30 - 27)
Nay
May 27, 2011 SB 1177 General Assembly Redistricting Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(35 - 22)
Nay
May 26, 2011 HB 1490 Regulates Full-Contact Martial Arts Events Bill Passed - Senate
(49 - 8)
Nay
May 26, 2011 HB 1600 Limits Artificial Trans Fats Bill Failed - Senate
(13 - 40)
Nay
May 20, 2011 HB 1091 Public-Private Transportation Partnership Bill Passed - Senate
(33 - 12)
Did Not Vote
May 8, 2011 HB 3782 Prohibits Employers from Asking for Internet Login Information House Co-sponsor
May 4, 2011 SB 2185 Establishes the DREAM Fund Commission Bill Passed - Senate
(45 - 11)
Nay
Jan. 18, 2011 HB 161 Electronic Benefits Transfer Card Photograph Requirement House Sponsor

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:

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  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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