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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. Our summaries are written by Vote Smart's staff and interns, who adhere to our strict policies and procedures in order to guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. They do not necessarily reflect the content of the final version of the bill, but rather the version voted on in that stage. While many procedural votes take place before a full chamber vote, our voting stages reflect the final reading of each chamber vote. 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
Oct. 28, 2021 IL HB 1291 Amends State Congressional Districts Concurrence Vote Passed - House (71 - 43)
Oct. 28, 2021 IL HB 1291 Amends State Congressional Districts Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 18)
Oct. 28, 2021 IL HB 3512 Amends Criminal Justice Law Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 17)
Oct. 27, 2021 IL HB 370 Repeals the Parental Notice of Abortion Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House (62 - 51)
Oct. 26, 2021 IL HB 370 Repeals the Parental Notice of Abortion Act Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 22)
Sept. 13, 2021 IL SB 2408 Increases the Growth of Wind, Solar and Other Forms of Renewable Energy Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (37 - 17)
Sept. 9, 2021 IL SB 2408 Increases the Growth of Wind, Solar and Other Forms of Renewable Energy Bill Passed - House (83 - 33)
Aug. 31, 2021 IL SB 18 Requires All Energy Production to be from Renewable Energy Sources by 2050 Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 16)
May 31, 2021 IL HB 3914 Requires State Agencies take Action to Combat Discrimination Against Employees in a Protected Class Concurrence Vote Passed - House (76 - 36)
May 31, 2021 IL SB 667 Prohibits Cities and Counties from Entering Into Contracts With ICE Bill Passed - House (68 - 47)
May 30, 2021 IL SB 817 Prohibits School Discrimination Against Certain Hairstyles Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (41 - 12)
May 28, 2021 IL SB 667 Prohibits Cities and Counties from Entering Into Contracts With ICE Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 19)
May 27, 2021 IL SB 817 Prohibits School Discrimination Against Certain Hairstyles Bill Passed - House (89 - 22)
May 20, 2021 IL HB 156 Requires All Schools to Provide Menstrual Products in Bathrooms Bill Passed - House (68 - 43)
May 12, 2021 IL HB 1092 Establishes Restraining Orders for Firearms Bill Passed - House (69 - 43)
May 6, 2021 IL SB 1747 Establishes Tax Advantaged Zones for Green Energy Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 11)
April 22, 2021 IL HB 2542 Authorizes Individuals to Change Their Names on Various Acts Regarding Criminal Code Bill Passed - House (85 - 27)
April 22, 2021 IL HB 1064 Authorizes a Person Who Was Convicted Under the Age of 21 for First Degree Murder to be Released for Parole After 40 Years Bill Passed - House (66 - 47)
April 22, 2021 IL HB 2789 Requires Public and Private Schools to Comply with Health Regulations Established by the Illinois Department of Public Health Bill Passed - House (70 - 42)
April 22, 2021 IL HB 3195 Amends the Equitable Restrooms Act to Create All-Gender Restrooms Bill Passed - House (63 - 43)
April 22, 2021 IL HB 642 Establishes Term Limits on Leadership Positions in the General Assembly Bill Passed - House (115 - 0)
April 21, 2021 IL HB 3940 Requires Auto Manufacturers to Pay "Full Compensation for Diagnostic Work, as Well as Repair Service, Labor, and Parts" Bill Passed - House (85 - 24)
April 20, 2021 IL HB 3496 Authorizes Chicago Principals to Unionize Bill Passed - House (68 - 44)
April 16, 2021 IL HB 25 Establishes the Right to Counsel for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (82 - 25)
April 14, 2021 IL HB 1711 Prohibits Puppy Mills Bill Passed - House (76 - 24)
April 14, 2021 IL HB 147 Establishes Regulations for Delta-8 and Other Cannabinoid Products Bill Passed - House (96 - 15)
March 25, 2021 IL SB 72 Authorizes Victims in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases to Collect Interest Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (37 - 17)
March 25, 2021 IL HB 158 Reduces Racial Disparities in Medical Care Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 16)
March 18, 2021 IL SB 72 Authorizes Victims in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases to Collect Interest Bill Passed - House (67 - 40)
March 18, 2021 IL HB 158 Reduces Racial Disparities in Medical Care Bill Passed - House (72 - 41)
March 18, 2021 IL HB 1871 Extends Ballot Drop Boxes and Curbside Voting Bill Passed - House (70 - 41)
March 18, 2021 IL HB 2877 Establishes the COVID-19 Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program Act Bill Passed - House (73 - 31)
Jan. 13, 2021 IL HB 3653 Prohibits Cash Bail Among Various Other Criminal Justice Reforms Concurrence Vote Passed - House (60 - 50)
Jan. 12, 2021 IL HB 3360 Authorizes Prejudgment Interest to be Charged in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawsuits Concurrence Vote Passed - House (69 - 42)
Jan. 12, 2021 IL SB 1608 Establishes New Commissions to Impose Racial Diversity Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 15)
Jan. 12, 2021 IL HB 3653 Prohibits Cash Bail Among Various Other Criminal Justice Reforms Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 23)
Jan. 11, 2021 IL HB 2170 Amends Public School Curriculum to Emphasize Black and Minority Group Contributions Concurrence Vote Passed - House (69 - 41)
Jan. 11, 2021 IL HB 3360 Authorizes Prejudgment Interest to be Charged in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawsuits Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 17)
Jan. 11, 2021 IL SB 1608 Establishes New Commissions to Impose Racial Diversity Requirements Bill Passed - House (70 - 39)
Jan. 11, 2021 IL HB 2170 Amends Public School Curriculum to Emphasize Black and Minority Group Contributions Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 18)
Jan. 11, 2021 IL HB 2451 Increases the Annual Cost of Living for Retired Firefighters Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 14)
Jan. 11, 2021 IL HB 2275 Repeals Section 4.5 of Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 16)
Date No. Title Outcome
10/28 HB 1291 Amends State Congressional Districts Concurrence Vote Passed - House (71 - 43)
10/28 HB 1291 Amends State Congressional Districts Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 18)
10/28 HB 3512 Amends Criminal Justice Law Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 17)
10/27 HB 370 Repeals the Parental Notice of Abortion Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House (62 - 51)
10/26 HB 370 Repeals the Parental Notice of Abortion Act Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 22)
9/13 SB 2408 Increases the Growth of Wind, Solar and Other Forms of Renewable Energy Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (37 - 17)
9/09 SB 2408 Increases the Growth of Wind, Solar and Other Forms of Renewable Energy Bill Passed - House (83 - 33)
8/31 SB 18 Requires All Energy Production to be from Renewable Energy Sources by 2050 Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 16)
5/31 HB 3914 Requires State Agencies take Action to Combat Discrimination Against Employees in a Protected Class Concurrence Vote Passed - House (76 - 36)
5/31 SB 667 Prohibits Cities and Counties from Entering Into Contracts With ICE Bill Passed - House (68 - 47)
5/30 SB 817 Prohibits School Discrimination Against Certain Hairstyles Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (41 - 12)
5/28 SB 667 Prohibits Cities and Counties from Entering Into Contracts With ICE Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 19)
5/27 SB 817 Prohibits School Discrimination Against Certain Hairstyles Bill Passed - House (89 - 22)
5/20 HB 156 Requires All Schools to Provide Menstrual Products in Bathrooms Bill Passed - House (68 - 43)
5/12 HB 1092 Establishes Restraining Orders for Firearms Bill Passed - House (69 - 43)
5/06 SB 1747 Establishes Tax Advantaged Zones for Green Energy Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 11)
4/22 HB 2542 Authorizes Individuals to Change Their Names on Various Acts Regarding Criminal Code Bill Passed - House (85 - 27)
4/22 HB 1064 Authorizes a Person Who Was Convicted Under the Age of 21 for First Degree Murder to be Released for Parole After 40 Years Bill Passed - House (66 - 47)
4/22 HB 2789 Requires Public and Private Schools to Comply with Health Regulations Established by the Illinois Department of Public Health Bill Passed - House (70 - 42)
4/22 HB 3195 Amends the Equitable Restrooms Act to Create All-Gender Restrooms Bill Passed - House (63 - 43)
4/22 HB 642 Establishes Term Limits on Leadership Positions in the General Assembly Bill Passed - House (115 - 0)
4/21 HB 3940 Requires Auto Manufacturers to Pay "Full Compensation for Diagnostic Work, as Well as Repair Service, Labor, and Parts" Bill Passed - House (85 - 24)
4/20 HB 3496 Authorizes Chicago Principals to Unionize Bill Passed - House (68 - 44)
4/16 HB 25 Establishes the Right to Counsel for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (82 - 25)
4/14 HB 1711 Prohibits Puppy Mills Bill Passed - House (76 - 24)
4/14 HB 147 Establishes Regulations for Delta-8 and Other Cannabinoid Products Bill Passed - House (96 - 15)
3/25 SB 72 Authorizes Victims in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases to Collect Interest Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (37 - 17)
3/25 HB 158 Reduces Racial Disparities in Medical Care Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 16)
3/18 SB 72 Authorizes Victims in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases to Collect Interest Bill Passed - House (67 - 40)
3/18 HB 158 Reduces Racial Disparities in Medical Care Bill Passed - House (72 - 41)
3/18 HB 1871 Extends Ballot Drop Boxes and Curbside Voting Bill Passed - House (70 - 41)
3/18 HB 2877 Establishes the COVID-19 Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program Act Bill Passed - House (73 - 31)
1/13 HB 3653 Prohibits Cash Bail Among Various Other Criminal Justice Reforms Concurrence Vote Passed - House (60 - 50)
1/12 HB 3360 Authorizes Prejudgment Interest to be Charged in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawsuits Concurrence Vote Passed - House (69 - 42)
1/12 SB 1608 Establishes New Commissions to Impose Racial Diversity Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 15)
1/12 HB 3653 Prohibits Cash Bail Among Various Other Criminal Justice Reforms Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 23)
1/11 HB 2170 Amends Public School Curriculum to Emphasize Black and Minority Group Contributions Concurrence Vote Passed - House (69 - 41)
1/11 HB 3360 Authorizes Prejudgment Interest to be Charged in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawsuits Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 17)
1/11 SB 1608 Establishes New Commissions to Impose Racial Diversity Requirements Bill Passed - House (70 - 39)
1/11 HB 2170 Amends Public School Curriculum to Emphasize Black and Minority Group Contributions Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 18)
1/11 HB 2451 Increases the Annual Cost of Living for Retired Firefighters Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 14)
1/11 HB 2275 Repeals Section 4.5 of Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 16)

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