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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:

  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

Vote Smart provides a summary of the version of the bill text associated with each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the content of the final version of the bill. Summaries are written by Vote Smart's staff and interns, who adhere to the project's strict policies and procedures in order to guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. Each key vote selection is reviewed by the project's community of advisors, who are political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.


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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
Nov. 10, 2015 IL HB 2482 Specifies Determination of Need Score to Qualify for Assistance Veto Override Failed - House (70 - 38)
Nov. 10, 2015 IL SB 570 Requires Child Care Benefits for Eligible Individuals Bill Failed - House (70 - 35)
Sept. 9, 2015 IL HB 1 Expands Heroin Abuse Treatment Programs Veto Override Passed - Senate (44 - 11)
Sept. 9, 2015 IL SB 2046 Appropriates Funds for the Department of Public Health Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 19)
Sept. 2, 2015 IL SB 1229 Establishes Arbitration Procedure For Labor Disputes Veto Override Failed - House (68 - 34)
Aug. 19, 2015 IL SB 1229 Establishes Arbitration Procedure For Labor Disputes Veto Override Passed - Senate (38 - 15)
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)
June 16, 2015 IL HB 1336 Establishes Immunity from Underage Drinking Charges in Certain Circumstances Concurrence Vote Passed - House (74 - 34)
June 4, 2015 IL HB 1287 Amends Certain Workers' Compensation Programs Bill Passed - House (63 - 39)
May 31, 2015 IL HB 352 Authorizes Bobcat Hunting Concurrence Vote Passed - House (60 - 46)
May 31, 2015 IL HB 352 Authorizes Bobcat Hunting Concurrence Vote Failed - House (55 - 54)
May 30, 2015 IL SB 1229 Establishes Arbitration Procedure For Labor Disputes Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (38 - 17)
May 30, 2015 IL SB 33 Authorizes Medical Marijuana for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Bill Passed - House (68 - 36)
May 29, 2015 IL HB 217 Prohibits Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy for Minors Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 19)
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 21, 2015 IL HB 352 Authorizes Bobcat Hunting Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
May 21, 2015 IL HB 218 Classifies Marijuana Possession as a Civil Violation Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 19)
May 20, 2015 IL SB 100 Establishes Educational Disciplinary Guidelines Bill Passed - House (73 - 41)
May 19, 2015 IL HB 217 Prohibits Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy for Minors Bill Passed - House (68 - 43)
April 23, 2015 IL HB 373 Authorizes Construction of Presidential Libraries and Museums on Park Land Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 13)
April 23, 2015 IL SB 100 Establishes Educational Disciplinary Guidelines Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 16)
April 23, 2015 IL HB 218 Classifies Marijuana Possession as a Civil Violation Bill Passed - House (62 - 53)
April 21, 2015 IL HB 3761 Prohibits Sale of Crib Bumper Pads Bill Passed - House (63 - 48)
April 15, 2015 IL HB 2653 Prohibits Sale of Certain Crib Bumper Pads Bill Passed - House (64 - 49)
March 26, 2015 IL HB 318 2015-2016 Budget Reconciliation Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 26)
March 26, 2015 IL HB 317 2015-2016 Budget Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 26)
March 24, 2015 IL HB 318 2015-2016 Budget Reconciliation Bill Passed - House (69 - 48)
March 24, 2015 IL HB 317 2015-2016 Budget Amendments Bill Passed - House (72 - 45)
March 5, 2015 IL HB 1336 Establishes Immunity from Underage Drinking Charges for Certain Individuals Bill Passed - House (69 - 39)
Feb. 5, 2015 IL SB 11 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 18)
Date No. Title Outcome
11/10 HB 2482 Specifies Determination of Need Score to Qualify for Assistance Veto Override Failed - House (70 - 38)
11/10 SB 570 Requires Child Care Benefits for Eligible Individuals Bill Failed - House (70 - 35)
9/09 HB 1 Expands Heroin Abuse Treatment Programs Veto Override Passed - Senate (44 - 11)
9/09 SB 2046 Appropriates Funds for the Department of Public Health Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 19)
9/02 SB 1229 Establishes Arbitration Procedure For Labor Disputes Veto Override Failed - House (68 - 34)
8/19 SB 1229 Establishes Arbitration Procedure For Labor Disputes Veto Override Passed - Senate (38 - 15)
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)
6/16 HB 1336 Establishes Immunity from Underage Drinking Charges in Certain Circumstances Concurrence Vote Passed - House (74 - 34)
6/04 HB 1287 Amends Certain Workers' Compensation Programs Bill Passed - House (63 - 39)
5/31 HB 352 Authorizes Bobcat Hunting Concurrence Vote Passed - House (60 - 46)
5/31 HB 352 Authorizes Bobcat Hunting Concurrence Vote Failed - House (55 - 54)
5/30 SB 1229 Establishes Arbitration Procedure For Labor Disputes Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (38 - 17)
5/30 SB 33 Authorizes Medical Marijuana for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Bill Passed - House (68 - 36)
5/29 HB 217 Prohibits Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy for Minors Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 19)
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)
5/21 HB 352 Authorizes Bobcat Hunting Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
5/21 HB 218 Classifies Marijuana Possession as a Civil Violation Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 19)
5/20 SB 100 Establishes Educational Disciplinary Guidelines Bill Passed - House (73 - 41)
5/19 HB 217 Prohibits Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy for Minors Bill Passed - House (68 - 43)
4/23 HB 373 Authorizes Construction of Presidential Libraries and Museums on Park Land Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 13)
4/23 SB 100 Establishes Educational Disciplinary Guidelines Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 16)
4/23 HB 218 Classifies Marijuana Possession as a Civil Violation Bill Passed - House (62 - 53)
4/21 HB 3761 Prohibits Sale of Crib Bumper Pads Bill Passed - House (63 - 48)
4/15 HB 2653 Prohibits Sale of Certain Crib Bumper Pads Bill Passed - House (64 - 49)
3/26 HB 318 2015-2016 Budget Reconciliation Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 26)
3/26 HB 317 2015-2016 Budget Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 26)
3/24 HB 318 2015-2016 Budget Reconciliation Bill Passed - House (69 - 48)
3/24 HB 317 2015-2016 Budget Amendments Bill Passed - House (72 - 45)
3/05 HB 1336 Establishes Immunity from Underage Drinking Charges for Certain Individuals Bill Passed - House (69 - 39)
2/05 SB 11 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 18)

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