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Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and state voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
Oct. 30, 2019 IL HB 3904 Authorizes Student Athletes to Receive Compensation for Use of Their Name, Image, or Likeness Bill Passed - House (86 - 25)
Oct. 29, 2019 IL SB 1970 Authorizes Student Absences for Voting Bill Passed - House (74 - 40)
Oct. 29, 2019 IL SB 1970 Authorizes Student Absences for Voting Bill Passed - House (74 - 40)
May 30, 2019 IL HB 3606 Authorizes Parental Privacy Rights for Student Data Collection Concurrence Vote Passed - House (93 - 22)
May 29, 2019 IL HB 254 Reduces Class Sizes Concurrence Vote Passed - House (86 - 32)
May 29, 2019 IL HB 2078 Increases Teacher Salary to $40,000 Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 13)
May 29, 2019 IL HB 2078 Increases Teacher Salary to $40,000 Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 13)
May 23, 2019 IL HB 3606 Authorizes Parental Privacy Rights for Student Data Collection Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 17)
May 23, 2019 IL HB 2265 Requires Civics Education Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 14)
May 21, 2019 IL HB 253 Classifies University Graduate and Research Assistants as "Employees" Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 19)
May 8, 2019 IL HB 2691 Authorizes Tuition Assistance to Transgender and Undocumented Immigrant Students Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 15)
April 12, 2019 IL HB 2263 Requires "Work Ethic" Curriculum Bill Passed - House (69 - 39)
April 11, 2019 IL SB 10 Increases Teacher Salaries to $40,000 Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 11)
April 11, 2019 IL HB 2691 Authorizes Tuition Assistance to Transgender and Undocumented Immigrant Students Bill Passed - House (66 - 47)
April 11, 2019 IL HB 1873 Increases Fines for Drivers Who Pass School Buses Bill Passed - House (74 - 16)
April 11, 2019 IL SB 2075 Requires 5-Year-Olds to Attend Kindergarten Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 16)
April 10, 2019 IL SB 1970 Authorizes Student Absences for Voting Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 10)
April 10, 2019 IL SB 1970 Authorizes Student Absences for Voting Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 10)
April 9, 2019 IL HB 2078 Increases Teacher Salary to $40,000 Bill Passed - House (79 - 31)
April 9, 2019 IL HB 2078 Increases Teacher Salary to $40,000 Bill Passed - House (79 - 31)
March 28, 2019 IL HB 253 Classifies University Graduate and Research Assistants as "Employees" Bill Passed - House (72 - 37)
March 28, 2019 IL HB 2265 Requires Civics Education Bill Passed - House (73 - 31)
May 30, 2018 IL SB 2546 Authorizes Graduate Research Assistant Unions Bill Passed - House (66 - 49)
May 30, 2018 IL SB 2892 Requires Increase in Teacher Salaries Bill Passed - House (65 - 47)
May 23, 2018 IL SB 2428 Requires Schools Provide Lunch to All Students Bill Passed - House (66 - 44)
May 17, 2018 IL SB 2892 Requires Increase in Teacher Salaries Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 16)
May 2, 2018 IL SB 3249 Requires LGBT History in Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 18)
April 19, 2018 IL SB 2546 Authorizes Graduate Research Assistant Unions Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 19)
Aug. 28, 2017 IL SB 1947 Establishes School Funding Plan Bill Passed - House (73 - 34)
Aug. 13, 2017 IL SB 1 Specifies School Funding Reallocation Veto Override Passed - Senate (38 - 19)
Aug. 13, 2017 IL SB 1 Specifies School Funding Reallocation Veto Override Passed - Senate (38 - 19)
May 31, 2017 IL SB 1 Specifies School Funding Reallocation Bill Passed - House (60 - 52)
May 31, 2017 IL SB 1351 Establishes Laws Governing Student Loan Servicers Bill Passed - House (63 - 48)
May 17, 2017 IL SB 1 Specifies School Funding Reallocation Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 18)
May 10, 2017 IL SB 1351 Establishes Laws Governing Student Loan Servicers Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 15)
April 26, 2017 IL HB 2977 Requires Public Schools to Provide Cursive Writing Courses Bill Passed - House (67 - 48)
April 26, 2017 IL HB 2977 Requires Public Schools to Provide Cursive Writing Courses Bill Passed - House (67 - 48)
May 19, 2016 IL HB 4167 Appropriates Funds for Monetary Award Program Grants Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 15)
May 17, 2016 IL HB 4167 Appropriates Funds for Monetary Award Program Grants Bill Passed - House (68 - 45)
May 10, 2016 IL SB 231 Appropriates Funds for Education Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 21)
March 2, 2016 IL SB 2043 Appropriates Funds for Higher Education Veto Override Failed - House (69 - 48)
March 2, 2016 IL SB 2043 Appropriates Funds for Higher Education Veto Override Passed - Senate (37 - 17)
Jan. 28, 2016 IL SB 2043 Appropriates Funds for Higher Education Bill Passed - House (67 - 42)
July 9, 2015 IL HB 3593 Limits Community College Severance Packages Concurrence Vote Passed - House (73 - 34)
June 23, 2015 IL HB 3593 Limits Community College Severance Packages Concurrence Vote Failed - House (51 - 44)
May 29, 2015 IL HB 4151 2015-2016 Education Budget Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 24)
May 27, 2015 IL HB 4151 2015-2016 Education Budget Bill Passed - House (66 - 47)
May 20, 2015 IL SB 100 Establishes Educational Disciplinary Guidelines Bill Passed - House (73 - 41)
April 23, 2015 IL SB 100 Establishes Educational Disciplinary Guidelines Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 16)
May 30, 2014 IL HB 105 Authorizes Election Day Voter Registration Concurrence Vote Passed - House (64 - 41)
May 30, 2014 IL HB 105 Authorizes Election Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 17)
May 29, 2014 IL HB 5707 Amends Bullying Prevention Measures in the School Code Concurrence Vote Passed - House (75 - 40)
May 27, 2014 IL SB 16 Amends Formula for School Funding Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 19)
May 23, 2014 IL HB 5707 Amends Bullying Prevention Measures in the School Code Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 18)
May 15, 2014 IL HB 6021 2014-2015 Education Budget Bill Passed - House (61 - 55)
April 7, 2014 IL HR 895 Encourages Investigative Hearings about the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Resolution Passed - House (55 - 51)
April 2, 2014 IL SB 2202 Prohibits Smoking on State-Funded University and Community College Campuses Bill Passed - House (67 - 44)
Dec. 3, 2013 IL SB 1 Amends State Employee Pension Plans Conference Report Adopted - House (62 - 53)
Dec. 3, 2013 IL SB 1 Amends State Employee Pension Plans Conference Report Adopted - Senate (30 - 24)
May 22, 2013 IL HB 2675 Expands Sex Education Curriculum Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 21)
May 1, 2013 IL SB 1739 Expands State Casino Development Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 20)
May 1, 2013 IL SB 2202 Prohibits Smoking on State-Funded University and Community College Campuses Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 22)
April 17, 2013 IL HB 2675 Expands Sex Education Curriculum Bill Passed - House (66 - 52)
May 31, 2012 IL HB 5440 Establishes a 5 Percent Fee on Satellite TV Companies Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 27)
May 31, 2012 IL SB 2621 Amends the Department of Corrections' Early Release Program Bill Passed - House (68 - 50)
May 29, 2012 IL HB 5290 Requires Schools to Establish Bullying Policies Bill Failed - Senate (29 - 21)
March 29, 2012 IL HB 5531 Limits Tuition Waivers for State University Employees Bill Failed - House (26 - 75)
March 28, 2012 IL HB 5290 Requires Schools to Establish Bullying Policies Bill Passed - House (61 - 49)
March 21, 2012 IL HB 3810 Eliminates General Assembly Scholarships Bill Passed - House (79 - 25)
Nov. 10, 2011 IL SB 2147 Paying Regional Superintendents Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (38 - 16)
Nov. 9, 2011 IL SB 2147 Paying Regional Superintendents Bill Failed - House (70 - 43)
Nov. 9, 2011 IL SB 2147 Paying Regional Superintendents Bill Passed - House (74 - 36)
May 30, 2011 IL SB 2185 Establishes the DREAM Fund Commission Bill Passed - House (61 - 53)
May 4, 2011 IL SB 2185 Establishes the DREAM Fund Commission Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 11)
May 6, 2010 IL SB 642 Public University Borrowing Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (43 - 11)
May 6, 2010 IL SB 642 Public University Borrowing Bill Passed - House (87 - 28)
March 25, 2010 IL SB 2494 Funding for School Vouchers Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 20)
March 22, 2010 IL HB 4886 Authorizing 4-Day School Week Bill Passed - House (81 - 21)
March 3, 2010 IL HB 4685 Eliminating General Assembly Scholarship Program Bill Passed - House (80 - 36)
Jan. 13, 2010 IL SB 315 Teacher Evaluation Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (48 - 4)
Jan. 12, 2010 IL SB 315 Teacher Evaluation Amendments Bill Passed - House (74 - 37)
May 31, 2009 IL SB 612 Raising the Cap on Charter Schools Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (45 - 10)
May 22, 2008 IL HB 2310 Truancy, Information Sharing, and Fines Bill Passed - House (85 - 25)
April 17, 2008 IL SB 2858 Public School Trans Fat Ban Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 19)
April 1, 2008 IL SB 1997 Interscholastic Event Image Release Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 5)
April 1, 2008 IL HB 4232 State Board of Education Selection Process Bill Passed - House (86 - 21)
March 4, 2008 IL HB 4180 Allowing Teachers to Conduct a Silent Reflection Bill Passed - House (72 - 31)
Oct. 11, 2007 IL SB 1463 Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Veto Override Passed - House (74 - 37)
Oct. 3, 2007 IL SB 1463 Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Veto Override Passed - Senate (42 - 9)
Sept. 18, 2007 IL HB 2035 Gaming Expansion to Fund Infrastructure and Social Programs Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 15)
March 29, 2007 IL HB 414 Community College Student Housing Bill Passed - House (82 - 32)
April 6, 2006 IL SB 3053 Bond Authorization Bill Failed - Senate (32 - 26)
April 6, 2006 IL SB 668 Funding for Schools, Universities, and Roads Bill Failed - Senate (32 - 26)
Date No. Title Outcome
10/30 HB 3904 Authorizes Student Athletes to Receive Compensation for Use of Their Name, Image, or Likeness Bill Passed - House (86 - 25)
10/29 SB 1970 Authorizes Student Absences for Voting Bill Passed - House (74 - 40)
10/29 SB 1970 Authorizes Student Absences for Voting Bill Passed - House (74 - 40)
5/30 HB 3606 Authorizes Parental Privacy Rights for Student Data Collection Concurrence Vote Passed - House (93 - 22)
5/29 HB 254 Reduces Class Sizes Concurrence Vote Passed - House (86 - 32)
5/29 HB 2078 Increases Teacher Salary to $40,000 Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 13)
5/29 HB 2078 Increases Teacher Salary to $40,000 Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 13)
5/23 HB 3606 Authorizes Parental Privacy Rights for Student Data Collection Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 17)
5/23 HB 2265 Requires Civics Education Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 14)
5/21 HB 253 Classifies University Graduate and Research Assistants as "Employees" Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 19)
5/08 HB 2691 Authorizes Tuition Assistance to Transgender and Undocumented Immigrant Students Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 15)
4/12 HB 2263 Requires "Work Ethic" Curriculum Bill Passed - House (69 - 39)
4/11 SB 10 Increases Teacher Salaries to $40,000 Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 11)
4/11 HB 2691 Authorizes Tuition Assistance to Transgender and Undocumented Immigrant Students Bill Passed - House (66 - 47)
4/11 HB 1873 Increases Fines for Drivers Who Pass School Buses Bill Passed - House (74 - 16)
4/11 SB 2075 Requires 5-Year-Olds to Attend Kindergarten Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 16)
4/10 SB 1970 Authorizes Student Absences for Voting Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 10)
4/10 SB 1970 Authorizes Student Absences for Voting Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 10)
4/09 HB 2078 Increases Teacher Salary to $40,000 Bill Passed - House (79 - 31)
4/09 HB 2078 Increases Teacher Salary to $40,000 Bill Passed - House (79 - 31)
3/28 HB 253 Classifies University Graduate and Research Assistants as "Employees" Bill Passed - House (72 - 37)
3/28 HB 2265 Requires Civics Education Bill Passed - House (73 - 31)
5/30 SB 2546 Authorizes Graduate Research Assistant Unions Bill Passed - House (66 - 49)
5/30 SB 2892 Requires Increase in Teacher Salaries Bill Passed - House (65 - 47)
5/23 SB 2428 Requires Schools Provide Lunch to All Students Bill Passed - House (66 - 44)
5/17 SB 2892 Requires Increase in Teacher Salaries Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 16)
5/02 SB 3249 Requires LGBT History in Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 18)
4/19 SB 2546 Authorizes Graduate Research Assistant Unions Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 19)
8/28 SB 1947 Establishes School Funding Plan Bill Passed - House (73 - 34)
8/13 SB 1 Specifies School Funding Reallocation Veto Override Passed - Senate (38 - 19)
8/13 SB 1 Specifies School Funding Reallocation Veto Override Passed - Senate (38 - 19)
5/31 SB 1 Specifies School Funding Reallocation Bill Passed - House (60 - 52)
5/31 SB 1351 Establishes Laws Governing Student Loan Servicers Bill Passed - House (63 - 48)
5/17 SB 1 Specifies School Funding Reallocation Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 18)
5/10 SB 1351 Establishes Laws Governing Student Loan Servicers Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 15)
4/26 HB 2977 Requires Public Schools to Provide Cursive Writing Courses Bill Passed - House (67 - 48)
4/26 HB 2977 Requires Public Schools to Provide Cursive Writing Courses Bill Passed - House (67 - 48)
5/19 HB 4167 Appropriates Funds for Monetary Award Program Grants Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 15)
5/17 HB 4167 Appropriates Funds for Monetary Award Program Grants Bill Passed - House (68 - 45)
5/10 SB 231 Appropriates Funds for Education Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 21)
3/02 SB 2043 Appropriates Funds for Higher Education Veto Override Failed - House (69 - 48)
3/02 SB 2043 Appropriates Funds for Higher Education Veto Override Passed - Senate (37 - 17)
1/28 SB 2043 Appropriates Funds for Higher Education Bill Passed - House (67 - 42)
7/09 HB 3593 Limits Community College Severance Packages Concurrence Vote Passed - House (73 - 34)
6/23 HB 3593 Limits Community College Severance Packages Concurrence Vote Failed - House (51 - 44)
5/29 HB 4151 2015-2016 Education Budget Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 24)
5/27 HB 4151 2015-2016 Education Budget Bill Passed - House (66 - 47)
5/20 SB 100 Establishes Educational Disciplinary Guidelines Bill Passed - House (73 - 41)
4/23 SB 100 Establishes Educational Disciplinary Guidelines Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 16)
5/30 HB 105 Authorizes Election Day Voter Registration Concurrence Vote Passed - House (64 - 41)
5/30 HB 105 Authorizes Election Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 17)
5/29 HB 5707 Amends Bullying Prevention Measures in the School Code Concurrence Vote Passed - House (75 - 40)
5/27 SB 16 Amends Formula for School Funding Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 19)
5/23 HB 5707 Amends Bullying Prevention Measures in the School Code Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 18)
5/15 HB 6021 2014-2015 Education Budget Bill Passed - House (61 - 55)
4/07 HR 895 Encourages Investigative Hearings about the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Resolution Passed - House (55 - 51)
4/02 SB 2202 Prohibits Smoking on State-Funded University and Community College Campuses Bill Passed - House (67 - 44)
12/03 SB 1 Amends State Employee Pension Plans Conference Report Adopted - House (62 - 53)
12/03 SB 1 Amends State Employee Pension Plans Conference Report Adopted - Senate (30 - 24)
5/22 HB 2675 Expands Sex Education Curriculum Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 21)
5/01 SB 1739 Expands State Casino Development Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 20)
5/01 SB 2202 Prohibits Smoking on State-Funded University and Community College Campuses Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 22)
4/17 HB 2675 Expands Sex Education Curriculum Bill Passed - House (66 - 52)
5/31 HB 5440 Establishes a 5 Percent Fee on Satellite TV Companies Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 27)
5/31 SB 2621 Amends the Department of Corrections' Early Release Program Bill Passed - House (68 - 50)
5/29 HB 5290 Requires Schools to Establish Bullying Policies Bill Failed - Senate (29 - 21)
3/29 HB 5531 Limits Tuition Waivers for State University Employees Bill Failed - House (26 - 75)
3/28 HB 5290 Requires Schools to Establish Bullying Policies Bill Passed - House (61 - 49)
3/21 HB 3810 Eliminates General Assembly Scholarships Bill Passed - House (79 - 25)
11/10 SB 2147 Paying Regional Superintendents Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (38 - 16)
11/09 SB 2147 Paying Regional Superintendents Bill Failed - House (70 - 43)
11/09 SB 2147 Paying Regional Superintendents Bill Passed - House (74 - 36)
5/30 SB 2185 Establishes the DREAM Fund Commission Bill Passed - House (61 - 53)
5/04 SB 2185 Establishes the DREAM Fund Commission Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 11)
5/06 SB 642 Public University Borrowing Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (43 - 11)
5/06 SB 642 Public University Borrowing Bill Passed - House (87 - 28)
3/25 SB 2494 Funding for School Vouchers Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 20)
3/22 HB 4886 Authorizing 4-Day School Week Bill Passed - House (81 - 21)
3/03 HB 4685 Eliminating General Assembly Scholarship Program Bill Passed - House (80 - 36)
1/13 SB 315 Teacher Evaluation Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (48 - 4)
1/12 SB 315 Teacher Evaluation Amendments Bill Passed - House (74 - 37)
5/31 SB 612 Raising the Cap on Charter Schools Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (45 - 10)
5/22 HB 2310 Truancy, Information Sharing, and Fines Bill Passed - House (85 - 25)
4/17 SB 2858 Public School Trans Fat Ban Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 19)
4/01 SB 1997 Interscholastic Event Image Release Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 5)
4/01 HB 4232 State Board of Education Selection Process Bill Passed - House (86 - 21)
3/04 HB 4180 Allowing Teachers to Conduct a Silent Reflection Bill Passed - House (72 - 31)
10/11 SB 1463 Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Veto Override Passed - House (74 - 37)
10/03 SB 1463 Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Veto Override Passed - Senate (42 - 9)
9/18 HB 2035 Gaming Expansion to Fund Infrastructure and Social Programs Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 15)
3/29 HB 414 Community College Student Housing Bill Passed - House (82 - 32)
4/06 SB 3053 Bond Authorization Bill Failed - Senate (32 - 26)
4/06 SB 668 Funding for Schools, Universities, and Roads Bill Failed - Senate (32 - 26)

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