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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Jan. 27, 2009 S 181 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 Bill Passed - House
(250 - 177)
Yea
Jan. 22, 2009 H J Res 3 Releasing Funds for Economic Stabilization Act Joint Resolution Passed - House
(270 - 155)
Yea
Jan. 21, 2009 HR 384 Oversight of the Troubled Asset Relief Program Bill Passed - House
(260 - 166)
Yea
Jan. 14, 2009 HR 2 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization and Expansion Bill Passed - House
(289 - 139)
Yea
Jan. 9, 2009 HR 11 Employment Discrimination Law Amendments Bill Passed - House
(247 - 171)
Yea
Jan. 9, 2009 HR 12 Employment Discrimination Law Amendments Bill Passed - House
(256 - 163)
Yea
Jan. 6, 2009 HR 11 Employment Discrimination Law Amendments House Co-sponsor
Jan. 6, 2009 HR 12 Employment Discrimination Law Amendments House Co-sponsor

Illinois Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Aug. 19, 2008 HB 4201 Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans Concurrence Vote Failed - Senate
(27 - 11)
Yea
Aug. 19, 2008 HB 5285 Extending Parental Health Insurance to Unmarried Dependents Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(35 - 17)
Yea
May 29, 2008 SB 788 Authorizing $16 Billion Increase in Bonds for State Pensions Bill Passed - Senate
(37 - 21)
Yea
May 27, 2008 HB 5288 Expand Use of Red Light Cameras Bill Failed - Senate
(26 - 24)
Nay
May 1, 2008 SJRCA 70 Constitutional Amendment to recall certain elected officials Bill Failed - Senate
(33 - 19)
Yea
April 17, 2008 SB 2063 South Suburban Airport Authority Bill Passed - Senate
(45 - 7)
Yea
April 17, 2008 SB 2858 Public School Trans Fat Ban Bill Passed - Senate
(33 - 19)
Yea
April 16, 2008 SB 2052 Taxes for Levee Repair Bill Passed - Senate
(41 - 15)
Yea
April 1, 2008 SB 1997 Interscholastic Event Image Release Bill Passed - Senate
(47 - 5)
Yea
Feb. 7, 2008 SB 2063 South Suburban Airport Authority Senate Sponsor
Jan. 17, 2008 HB 656 Providing Free Public Transportation for Senior Citizens Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(32 - 19)
Did Not Vote
Jan. 10, 2008 HB 656 Transportation Act Bill Passed - Senate
(30 - 25)
Did Not Vote
Oct. 12, 2007 HB 664 Homeowner Tax Exemption Veto Override Passed - Senate
(55 - 1)
Yea
Oct. 3, 2007 SB 1463 Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Veto Override Passed - Senate
(42 - 9)
Yea
Oct. 2, 2007 SB 540 Truck Speed Limit Increase Veto Override Passed - Senate
(39 - 10)
Yea
Sept. 18, 2007 HB 2035 Gaming Expansion to Fund Infrastructure and Social Programs Bill Passed - Senate
(37 - 15)
Yea
Aug. 10, 2007 HB 3866 2007-2008 Budget Bill Passed - Senate
(52 - 5)
Yea
Aug. 9, 2007 HB 556 Cigarette Tax Increase Bill Passed - Senate
(34 - 24)
Yea
July 26, 2007 SB 1592 Electricity Relief and Regulation Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(40 - 13)
Yea
May 17, 2007 HB 1798 Wrongful Death Damages Bill Passed - Senate
(31 - 23)
Yea
May 15, 2007 HB 426 Earlier Presidential Primary Date Bill Passed - Senate
(48 - 10)
Yea
May 9, 2007 SB 1007 Large Capacity Firearm Magazine Ban Bill Passed - Senate
(31 - 26)
Nay
April 20, 2007 S. Amdt. 3: Electric Rates Freeze Amendment Adopted - Senate
(33 - 24)
Nay
April 20, 2007 SB 1592 Electric Rates Freeze Bill Passed - Senate
(35 - 20)
Did Not Vote
March 29, 2007 SB 500 Smoke Free Illinois Act Bill Passed - Senate
(34 - 23)
Yea
March 20, 2007 SB 1296 Damages in Civil Actions Bill Passed - Senate
(34 - 23)
Yea
Feb. 23, 2007 SB 4 Stem Cell Research and Human Cloning Bill Passed - Senate
(35 - 23)
Yea
Feb. 23, 2007 SB 9 Illinois Climate Change Act Bill Passed - Senate
(44 - 13)
Yea
May 4, 2006 HB 1918 Support Horseracing Through Riverboat Casinos in Chicago Bill Passed - Senate
(40 - 16)
Yea
May 4, 2006 SB 1520 2006-2007 Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(31 - 27)
Yea
April 6, 2006 SB 3053 Bond Authorization Bill Failed - Senate
(32 - 26)
Yea
April 6, 2006 SB 668 Funding for Schools, Universities, and Roads Bill Failed - Senate
(32 - 26)
Yea
March 30, 2006 HB 5284 Carbon Monoxide Detector Act Bill Passed - Senate
(32 - 22)
Yea
March 1, 2006 SB 1991 Minority and Female Investors in Casinos Bill Passed - Senate
(30 - 23)
Yea

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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