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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Illinois State Rifle Association

1998-1999 Positions on Gun Rights

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
Edward Acevedo F
Mark Beaubien, Jr. A+
IL State House 47 Patricia Bellock Republican B
Robert Biggins A
William Black A+
Michael Boland A
Larry Bomke A+
IL U.S. House 12 Michael Bost Republican A+
Evelyn Bowles A
Richard Bradley D
IL State Senate 44 Bill Brady, Jr. Republican B+
James Brosnahan D
Joel Brunsvold A+
Robert Bugielski D
IL State House 1 Daniel Burke Democratic D
J. Burzynski A+
Ralph Capparelli C-
Elizabeth Coulson D-
Mary Lou Cowlishaw A+
Tom Cross A-
IL Supervisor At-Large M. Maggie Crotty Democratic F
IL State House 25 Barbara Currie Democratic F-
Julie Curry A+
Lee Daniels A
Thomas Dart F-
Monique Davis F-
Steve Davis A+
James DeLeo B
Miguel Del Valle F
Vince Demuzio A+
Kirk Dillard A+
Walter Dudycz B-
IL State House 82 Jim Durkin Republican C
Judy Erwin F-
Beverly Fawell c
IL State House 12 Sara Feigenholtz Democratic F-
IL State House 31 Mary Flowers Democratic F
James Fowler A
Jack Franks C
IL Commissioner 12 John Fritchey D
Lauren Beth Gash F-
Adeline Jay Geo-Karis A+
Michael Giglio D
Calvin Giles D
Kurt Granberg A+
Debbie Halvorson A+
Gary Hannig A+
Charles Hartke A+
Brent Hassert A
Carl Hawkinson A+
Douglas Hoeft D
IL State House 113 Jay Hoffman Democratic B+
Thomas Holbrook A+
Constance Howard F
IL U.S. House 14 Randy Hultgren Republican A
Thomas Lee Johnson A+
Tim Johnson A=
Emil Jones, Jr. F
John Jones A+
Lovana Jones F
Shirley Jones F
Doris Karpiel C
Howard Kenner F
Dick Klemm A-
Gwenn Klingler A
Renée Kosel A
Carolyn Krause F-
IL State House 16 Lou Lang Democratic D
I. Ronald Lawfer A
David Leitch B
Patricia Lindner C
Edgar Lopez F
David Luechtefeld A
Eileen Lyons D
Joseph Lyons C
IL State House 22 Michael Madigan Democratic F
William Mahar b
John Maitland, Jr. A
IL Auditor General Frank Mautino Democratic A
IL State House 20 Michael McAuliffe Republican A+
Kevin McCarthy F
John McGuire B-
Larry McKeon C+
James Meyer A
IL State House 101 Bill Mitchell Republican A-
Gerald Mitchell A
Don Moffitt A+
Andrea Moore C+
Charles Morrow III D
Rosemary Mulligan C
Harold Murphy A+
Judith Myers A
Richard Myers A+
N. Duane Noland A+
John Philip Novak B
Barack Obama II F
Mary O'Brien A+
Timothy Osmond A
Carole Pankau A
Terry Parke A+
Kathleen Parker C
Vincent Persico B
William Peterson A+
James Philip A+
Raymond Poe A+
Coy Pugh A
James Rea A+
Dan Reitz A+
IL State Senate 55 Dale Righter Republican A+
Carol Ronen F-
Dan Rutherford A
Tom Ryder A+
Skip Saviano D
Jeffrey Schoenberg F-
Douglas Scott F
George Scully, Jr. D
George Shadid F
Todd Sieben A+
Sonia Silva F
Cal Skinner A+
Ricca Slone F-
Michael Smith A+
IL State House 88 Keith Sommer Republican A
Ron Stephens A+
Todd Stroger F
IL State Senate 35 Dave Syverson Republican A+
Arthur Tenhouse A+
IL State Senate 17 Donne Trotter Democratic D
Arthur Turner, Sr. D
John Turner A+
Louis Viverito C
Ronald Wait A+
Lawrence Walsh, Sr. A
Thomas Walsh f
Frank Watson A+
Stanley Blake Weaver A+
Patrick Welch C
Richard Winkel, Jr. A
David Winters A
David Wirsing A
Kathleen Wojcik A+
Larry Woolard A+
Anne Zickus A+

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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