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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
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  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. 13, 2019 IL SB 1784 Amends Labor Union Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (45 - 9)
Nov. 13, 2019 IL SB 667 Limits the Cost of Insulin to $100 per 30-day Supply Bill Passed - House (100 - 13)
Nov. 12, 2019 IL SB 533 Establishes Permanent Daylight Savings Time Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 2)
Oct. 30, 2019 IL HB 3888 Prohibits the Use of Ethylene Oxide by 2023 Bill Passed - House (60 - 47)
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 1784 Amends Labor Union Regulations Bill Passed - House (93 - 23)
Oct. 29, 2019 IL SB 1786 Prohibits License Suspension for Unpaid Parking Tickets Bill Passed - House (88 - 27)
Oct. 29, 2019 IL SB 1970 Authorizes Student Absences for Voting Bill Passed - House (74 - 40)
Oct. 29, 2019 IL SB 1864 Prohibits Use of Vaping Devices in Public Areas Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 11)
Oct. 29, 2019 IL SB 667 Limits the Cost of Insulin to $100 per 30-day Supply Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 7)
June 2, 2019 IL SB 689 Establishes a Tax Amnesty Program Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (49 - 8)
June 1, 2019 IL SB 262 Establishes State Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (40 - 19)
June 1, 2019 IL HB 2625 Requires Subcircuit Judicial Boundary Lines be Redrawn Concurrence Vote Passed - House (66 - 46)
June 1, 2019 IL SB 690 Expands the Number of Casinos Permitted in Illinois Bill Passed - House (87 - 27)
May 31, 2019 IL SB 687 Establishes a Graduated Tax Structure Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (37 - 20)
May 31, 2019 IL HB 1438 Authorizes Sale and Use of Recreational Cannabis Concurrence Vote Passed - House (66 - 47)
May 31, 2019 IL SB 25 Establishes Protections Regarding Abortion Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (34 - 20)
May 31, 2019 IL SB 262 Establishes State Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Bill Passed - House (83 - 35)
May 30, 2019 IL SB 1609 Authorizes Incarcerated Persons on Bailable Offenses to Receive a Credit Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (37 - 19)
May 30, 2019 IL HB 94 Establishes Specific Rehabilitation Classes as a Means of Reducing Prison Sentences Concurrence Vote Passed - House (63 - 52)
May 30, 2019 IL HB 3606 Authorizes Parental Privacy Rights for Student Data Collection Concurrence Vote Passed - House (93 - 22)
May 30, 2019 IL HB 3394 Requires Women and African Americans on Corporate Boards Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 16)
May 30, 2019 IL SB 687 Establishes a Graduated Tax Structure Bill Passed - House (67 - 48)
May 30, 2019 IL HB 1637 Establishes the Keep Illinois Families Together Act Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 19)
May 29, 2019 IL HB 3534 Establishes a Non-Binary Gender Option on IDs Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 16)
May 29, 2019 IL HB 254 Reduces Class Sizes Concurrence Vote Passed - House (86 - 32)
May 29, 2019 IL HB 834 Requires Equal Pay Concurrence Vote Passed - House (93 - 19)
May 29, 2019 IL HB 2078 Increases Teacher Salary to $40,000 Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 13)
May 29, 2019 IL HB 1438 Authorizes Sale and Use of Recreational Cannabis Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 17)
May 29, 2019 IL HB 2276 Prohibits Smoking in a Vehicle with Minors Present Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 10)
May 29, 2019 IL HB 62 Appropriates $45 Billion for Infrastructure Repairs Bill Passed - House (76 - 39)
May 28, 2019 IL SB 25 Establishes Protections Regarding Abortion Bill Passed - House (64 - 50)
May 28, 2019 IL SB 1609 Authorizes Incarcerated Persons on Bailable Offenses to Receive a Credit Bill Passed - House (62 - 52)
May 28, 2019 IL SB 2090 Expands Access to Voting in Jails Bill Passed - House (69 - 45)
May 27, 2019 IL SJRCA 1 Repeals the Non-Graduated Income Tax Rate Requirement Bill Passed - House (73 - 44)
May 27, 2019 IL SB 9 Establishes Coal-Ash Regulations Bill Passed - House (77 - 35)
May 27, 2019 IL HB 1637 Establishes the Keep Illinois Families Together Act Bill Passed - House (67 - 50)
May 24, 2019 IL HB 94 Establishes Specific Rehabilitation Classes as a Means of Reducing Prison Sentences Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 17)
May 23, 2019 IL HB 2625 Requires Subcircuit Judicial Boundary Lines be Redrawn Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 19)
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 23, 2019 IL HB 246 Requires Public Schools to Teach about Prominent LGBTQ Figures Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 17)
May 23, 2019 IL SB 1610 Amends Immigrant Deportation Regulations Bill Passed - House (84 - 32)
May 22, 2019 IL HB 834 Requires Equal Pay Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 14)
May 21, 2019 IL SB 241 Prohibits Use of Animal Testing on Manufacturer Products Sold in the State Bill Passed - House (85 - 25)
May 21, 2019 IL HB 245 Authorizes Local Governments to Regulate the Use of Robotic Personal Carrying Devices Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 6)
May 21, 2019 IL HB 253 Classifies University Graduate and Research Assistants as "Employees" Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 19)
May 21, 2019 IL HB 1613 Requires Police Keep Racial Profiling Records Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 18)
May 21, 2019 IL HB 2670 Expands Definition of "Mitigating Factors" Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 18)
May 16, 2019 IL HB 2040 Prohibits Private Prisons and Civil Detention Centers Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 14)
May 9, 2019 IL SB 9 Establishes Coal-Ash Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 9)
May 8, 2019 IL HB 2691 Authorizes Tuition Assistance to Transgender and Undocumented Immigrant Students Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 15)
May 1, 2019 IL SJRCA 1 Repeals the Non-Graduated Income Tax Rate Requirement Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 19)
May 1, 2019 IL SB 690 Expands the Number of Casinos Permitted in Illinois Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 18)
April 12, 2019 IL HB 2263 Requires "Work Ethic" Curriculum Bill Passed - House (69 - 39)
April 11, 2019 IL HB 1633 Prohibits Infrastructure-Related Protests Bill Passed - House (77 - 28)
April 11, 2019 IL HB 2670 Expands Definition of "Mitigating Factors" Bill Passed - House (69 - 42)
April 11, 2019 IL HB 1690 Amends Criminal Record Expungement Law Bill Passed - House (69 - 36)
April 11, 2019 IL HB 2 Establishes Rights for Women in Pregnancy and Childbirth Bill Passed - House (67 - 35)
April 11, 2019 IL HB 1613 Requires Police Keep Racial Profiling Records Bill Passed - House (75 - 35)
April 11, 2019 IL HB 2244 Amends Conditions of Parole Bill Passed - House (62 - 51)
April 11, 2019 IL HB 840 Requires Biannual Reports from Nuclear Power Plants Bill Passed - House (73 - 40)
April 11, 2019 IL HB 1587 Amends Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Rules Bill Passed - House (61 - 48)
April 11, 2019 IL HB 1115 Eliminates Electronic Monitoring for People Who Have Completed Their State Prison Sentences Bill Passed - House (62 - 49)
April 11, 2019 IL HB 2691 Authorizes Tuition Assistance to Transgender and Undocumented Immigrant Students Bill Passed - House (66 - 47)
April 11, 2019 IL SB 10 Increases Teacher Salaries to $40,000 Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 11)
April 11, 2019 IL SB 145 Requires Presidential Candidates to Release Tax Returns Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 19)
April 11, 2019 IL SB 2075 Requires 5-Year-Olds to Attend Kindergarten Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 16)
April 11, 2019 IL HB 1873 Increases Fines for Drivers Who Pass School Buses Bill Passed - House (74 - 16)
April 10, 2019 IL HB 3534 Establishes a Non-Binary Gender Option on IDs Bill Passed - House (67 - 38)
April 10, 2019 IL HB 2040 Prohibits Private Prisons and Civil Detention Centers Bill Passed - House (85 - 26)
April 10, 2019 IL SB 1970 Authorizes Student Absences for Voting Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 10)
April 10, 2019 IL SB 2090 Expands Access to Voting in Jails Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 17)
April 9, 2019 IL HB 2078 Increases Teacher Salary to $40,000 Bill Passed - House (79 - 31)
April 9, 2019 IL HB 356 Amends the Procurement of Domestic Products Act Bill Passed - House (71 - 35)
April 4, 2019 IL HB 1653 Increases Penalties for Employers Who Commit Wage Theft Bill Passed - House (69 - 43)
April 3, 2019 IL HB 2988 Prohibits Townships from Regulating Wind Farms Outside of City Zoning Areas Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 7)
March 29, 2019 IL HB 3343 Authorizes Food Stamp Benefits to Be Used in Restaurants Bill Passed - House (75 - 18)
March 29, 2019 IL HB 3394 Requires Women and African Americans on Corporate Boards Bill Passed - House (61 - 27)
March 28, 2019 IL SB 1786 Prohibits License Suspension for Unpaid Parking Tickets Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 10)
March 28, 2019 IL HB 2265 Requires Civics Education Bill Passed - House (73 - 31)
March 28, 2019 IL HB 2276 Prohibits Smoking in a Vehicle with Minors Present Bill Passed - House (78 - 20)
March 28, 2019 IL HB 836 Authorizes Temporary Guardians for Children Whose Parents Have Been Detained or Deported by ICE Bill Passed - House (89 - 19)
March 28, 2019 IL HB 1553 Authorizes Certain Kinds of Visas for Undocumented Children that are Victims of Abuse, Neglect, or Abandonment Bill Passed - House (87 - 18)
March 28, 2019 IL HB 253 Classifies University Graduate and Research Assistants as "Employees" Bill Passed - House (72 - 37)
March 27, 2019 IL HB 2988 Prohibits Townships from Regulating Wind Farms Outside of City Zoning Areas Bill Passed - House (95 - 12)
March 14, 2019 IL SB 1596 Authorizes Exceptions for Limits on Workers' Compensation Claims Bill Passed - House (70 - 40)
March 14, 2019 IL HB 345 Prohibits Smoking Under the Age of 21 Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 16)
March 13, 2019 IL HB 246 Requires Public Schools to Teach about Prominent LGBTQ Figures Bill Passed - House (60 - 42)
March 7, 2019 IL SB 1474 Prohibits Local Right to Work Laws Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 12)
March 6, 2019 IL SB 1610 Amends Immigrant Deportation Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 14)
March 6, 2019 IL SB 1596 Authorizes Exceptions for Limits on Workers' Compensation Claims Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 16)
Feb. 14, 2019 IL SB 1 Increases Minimum Wage to $15 Bill Passed - House (69 - 47)
Feb. 7, 2019 IL SB 1 Increases Minimum Wage to $15 Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 18)
Jan. 9, 2019 IL SB 3531 Increases Salary For Certain State Cabinet Positions Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 21)
Date No. Title Outcome
11/13 SB 1784 Amends Labor Union Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (45 - 9)
11/13 SB 667 Limits the Cost of Insulin to $100 per 30-day Supply Bill Passed - House (100 - 13)
11/12 SB 533 Establishes Permanent Daylight Savings Time Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 2)
10/30 HB 3888 Prohibits the Use of Ethylene Oxide by 2023 Bill Passed - House (60 - 47)
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 1784 Amends Labor Union Regulations Bill Passed - House (93 - 23)
10/29 SB 1786 Prohibits License Suspension for Unpaid Parking Tickets Bill Passed - House (88 - 27)
10/29 SB 1970 Authorizes Student Absences for Voting Bill Passed - House (74 - 40)
10/29 SB 1864 Prohibits Use of Vaping Devices in Public Areas Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 11)
10/29 SB 667 Limits the Cost of Insulin to $100 per 30-day Supply Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 7)
6/02 SB 689 Establishes a Tax Amnesty Program Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (49 - 8)
6/01 SB 262 Establishes State Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (40 - 19)
6/01 HB 2625 Requires Subcircuit Judicial Boundary Lines be Redrawn Concurrence Vote Passed - House (66 - 46)
6/01 SB 690 Expands the Number of Casinos Permitted in Illinois Bill Passed - House (87 - 27)
5/31 SB 687 Establishes a Graduated Tax Structure Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (37 - 20)
5/31 HB 1438 Authorizes Sale and Use of Recreational Cannabis Concurrence Vote Passed - House (66 - 47)
5/31 SB 25 Establishes Protections Regarding Abortion Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (34 - 20)
5/31 SB 262 Establishes State Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Bill Passed - House (83 - 35)
5/30 SB 1609 Authorizes Incarcerated Persons on Bailable Offenses to Receive a Credit Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (37 - 19)
5/30 HB 94 Establishes Specific Rehabilitation Classes as a Means of Reducing Prison Sentences Concurrence Vote Passed - House (63 - 52)
5/30 HB 3606 Authorizes Parental Privacy Rights for Student Data Collection Concurrence Vote Passed - House (93 - 22)
5/30 HB 3394 Requires Women and African Americans on Corporate Boards Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 16)
5/30 SB 687 Establishes a Graduated Tax Structure Bill Passed - House (67 - 48)
5/30 HB 1637 Establishes the Keep Illinois Families Together Act Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 19)
5/29 HB 3534 Establishes a Non-Binary Gender Option on IDs Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 16)
5/29 HB 254 Reduces Class Sizes Concurrence Vote Passed - House (86 - 32)
5/29 HB 834 Requires Equal Pay Concurrence Vote Passed - House (93 - 19)
5/29 HB 2078 Increases Teacher Salary to $40,000 Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 13)
5/29 HB 1438 Authorizes Sale and Use of Recreational Cannabis Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 17)
5/29 HB 2276 Prohibits Smoking in a Vehicle with Minors Present Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 10)
5/29 HB 62 Appropriates $45 Billion for Infrastructure Repairs Bill Passed - House (76 - 39)
5/28 SB 25 Establishes Protections Regarding Abortion Bill Passed - House (64 - 50)
5/28 SB 1609 Authorizes Incarcerated Persons on Bailable Offenses to Receive a Credit Bill Passed - House (62 - 52)
5/28 SB 2090 Expands Access to Voting in Jails Bill Passed - House (69 - 45)
5/27 SJRCA 1 Repeals the Non-Graduated Income Tax Rate Requirement Bill Passed - House (73 - 44)
5/27 SB 9 Establishes Coal-Ash Regulations Bill Passed - House (77 - 35)
5/27 HB 1637 Establishes the Keep Illinois Families Together Act Bill Passed - House (67 - 50)
5/24 HB 94 Establishes Specific Rehabilitation Classes as a Means of Reducing Prison Sentences Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 17)
5/23 HB 2625 Requires Subcircuit Judicial Boundary Lines be Redrawn Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 19)
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)
5/23 HB 246 Requires Public Schools to Teach about Prominent LGBTQ Figures Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 17)
5/23 SB 1610 Amends Immigrant Deportation Regulations Bill Passed - House (84 - 32)
5/22 HB 834 Requires Equal Pay Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 14)
5/21 SB 241 Prohibits Use of Animal Testing on Manufacturer Products Sold in the State Bill Passed - House (85 - 25)
5/21 HB 245 Authorizes Local Governments to Regulate the Use of Robotic Personal Carrying Devices Bill Passed - Senate (47 - 6)
5/21 HB 253 Classifies University Graduate and Research Assistants as "Employees" Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 19)
5/21 HB 1613 Requires Police Keep Racial Profiling Records Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 18)
5/21 HB 2670 Expands Definition of "Mitigating Factors" Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 18)
5/16 HB 2040 Prohibits Private Prisons and Civil Detention Centers Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 14)
5/09 SB 9 Establishes Coal-Ash Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 9)
5/08 HB 2691 Authorizes Tuition Assistance to Transgender and Undocumented Immigrant Students Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 15)
5/01 SJRCA 1 Repeals the Non-Graduated Income Tax Rate Requirement Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 19)
5/01 SB 690 Expands the Number of Casinos Permitted in Illinois Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 18)
4/12 HB 2263 Requires "Work Ethic" Curriculum Bill Passed - House (69 - 39)
4/11 HB 1633 Prohibits Infrastructure-Related Protests Bill Passed - House (77 - 28)
4/11 HB 2670 Expands Definition of "Mitigating Factors" Bill Passed - House (69 - 42)
4/11 HB 1690 Amends Criminal Record Expungement Law Bill Passed - House (69 - 36)
4/11 HB 2 Establishes Rights for Women in Pregnancy and Childbirth Bill Passed - House (67 - 35)
4/11 HB 1613 Requires Police Keep Racial Profiling Records Bill Passed - House (75 - 35)
4/11 HB 2244 Amends Conditions of Parole Bill Passed - House (62 - 51)
4/11 HB 840 Requires Biannual Reports from Nuclear Power Plants Bill Passed - House (73 - 40)
4/11 HB 1587 Amends Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Rules Bill Passed - House (61 - 48)
4/11 HB 1115 Eliminates Electronic Monitoring for People Who Have Completed Their State Prison Sentences Bill Passed - House (62 - 49)
4/11 HB 2691 Authorizes Tuition Assistance to Transgender and Undocumented Immigrant Students Bill Passed - House (66 - 47)
4/11 SB 10 Increases Teacher Salaries to $40,000 Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 11)
4/11 SB 145 Requires Presidential Candidates to Release Tax Returns Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 19)
4/11 SB 2075 Requires 5-Year-Olds to Attend Kindergarten Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 16)
4/11 HB 1873 Increases Fines for Drivers Who Pass School Buses Bill Passed - House (74 - 16)
4/10 HB 3534 Establishes a Non-Binary Gender Option on IDs Bill Passed - House (67 - 38)
4/10 HB 2040 Prohibits Private Prisons and Civil Detention Centers Bill Passed - House (85 - 26)
4/10 SB 1970 Authorizes Student Absences for Voting Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 10)
4/10 SB 2090 Expands Access to Voting in Jails Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 17)
4/09 HB 2078 Increases Teacher Salary to $40,000 Bill Passed - House (79 - 31)
4/09 HB 356 Amends the Procurement of Domestic Products Act Bill Passed - House (71 - 35)
4/04 HB 1653 Increases Penalties for Employers Who Commit Wage Theft Bill Passed - House (69 - 43)
4/03 HB 2988 Prohibits Townships from Regulating Wind Farms Outside of City Zoning Areas Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 7)
3/29 HB 3343 Authorizes Food Stamp Benefits to Be Used in Restaurants Bill Passed - House (75 - 18)
3/29 HB 3394 Requires Women and African Americans on Corporate Boards Bill Passed - House (61 - 27)
3/28 SB 1786 Prohibits License Suspension for Unpaid Parking Tickets Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 10)
3/28 HB 2265 Requires Civics Education Bill Passed - House (73 - 31)
3/28 HB 2276 Prohibits Smoking in a Vehicle with Minors Present Bill Passed - House (78 - 20)
3/28 HB 836 Authorizes Temporary Guardians for Children Whose Parents Have Been Detained or Deported by ICE Bill Passed - House (89 - 19)
3/28 HB 1553 Authorizes Certain Kinds of Visas for Undocumented Children that are Victims of Abuse, Neglect, or Abandonment Bill Passed - House (87 - 18)
3/28 HB 253 Classifies University Graduate and Research Assistants as "Employees" Bill Passed - House (72 - 37)
3/27 HB 2988 Prohibits Townships from Regulating Wind Farms Outside of City Zoning Areas Bill Passed - House (95 - 12)
3/14 SB 1596 Authorizes Exceptions for Limits on Workers' Compensation Claims Bill Passed - House (70 - 40)
3/14 HB 345 Prohibits Smoking Under the Age of 21 Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 16)
3/13 HB 246 Requires Public Schools to Teach about Prominent LGBTQ Figures Bill Passed - House (60 - 42)
3/07 SB 1474 Prohibits Local Right to Work Laws Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 12)
3/06 SB 1610 Amends Immigrant Deportation Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 14)
3/06 SB 1596 Authorizes Exceptions for Limits on Workers' Compensation Claims Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 16)
2/14 SB 1 Increases Minimum Wage to $15 Bill Passed - House (69 - 47)
2/07 SB 1 Increases Minimum Wage to $15 Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 18)
1/09 SB 3531 Increases Salary For Certain State Cabinet Positions Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 21)

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