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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Illinois AFL-CIO

2008 Positions

Issues: Labor Unions
State Office District Name Party Rating
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 6 Peter Roskam Republican 13%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 100%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 92%
IL U.S. House 15 John Shimkus Republican 8%
IL U.S. House 18 Aaron Schock Republican 75%
IL U.S. Senate Jr Mark Kirk Republican 47%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 100%
Melissa Bean 80%
Judy Biggert 20%
Jerry Costello 100%
Debbie Halvorson 25%
Phil Hare 100%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
Tim Johnson 36%
Don Manzullo 13%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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