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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
May 6, 2021 IL SB 1747 Establishes Tax Advantaged Zones for Green Energy Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 11)
April 22, 2021 IL HB 642 Establishes Term Limits on Leadership Positions in the General Assembly Bill Passed - House (115 - 0)
April 22, 2021 IL HB 3195 Amends the Equitable Restrooms Act to Create All-Gender Restrooms Bill Passed - House (63 - 43)
April 16, 2021 IL HB 25 Establishes the Right to Counsel for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (82 - 25)
April 14, 2021 IL HB 147 Establishes Regulations for Delta-8 and Other Cannabinoid Products Bill Passed - House (96 - 15)
April 14, 2021 IL HB 1711 Prohibits Puppy Mills Bill Passed - House (76 - 24)
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 2877 Establishes the COVID-19 Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program Act Bill Passed - House (73 - 31)
March 18, 2021 IL HB 1871 Extends Ballot Drop Boxes and Curbside Voting Bill Passed - House (70 - 41)
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 SB 1608 Establishes New Commissions to Impose Racial Diversity Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 15)
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 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 SB 1608 Establishes New Commissions to Impose Racial Diversity Requirements Bill Passed - House (70 - 39)
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 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
5/06 SB 1747 Establishes Tax Advantaged Zones for Green Energy Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 11)
4/22 HB 642 Establishes Term Limits on Leadership Positions in the General Assembly Bill Passed - House (115 - 0)
4/22 HB 3195 Amends the Equitable Restrooms Act to Create All-Gender Restrooms Bill Passed - House (63 - 43)
4/16 HB 25 Establishes the Right to Counsel for Undocumented Immigrants Bill Passed - House (82 - 25)
4/14 HB 147 Establishes Regulations for Delta-8 and Other Cannabinoid Products Bill Passed - House (96 - 15)
4/14 HB 1711 Prohibits Puppy Mills Bill Passed - House (76 - 24)
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 2877 Establishes the COVID-19 Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program Act Bill Passed - House (73 - 31)
3/18 HB 1871 Extends Ballot Drop Boxes and Curbside Voting Bill Passed - House (70 - 41)
1/13 HB 3653 Prohibits Cash Bail Among Various Other Criminal Justice Reforms Concurrence Vote Passed - House (60 - 50)
1/12 SB 1608 Establishes New Commissions to Impose Racial Diversity Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (32 - 15)
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 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 SB 1608 Establishes New Commissions to Impose Racial Diversity Requirements Bill Passed - House (70 - 39)
1/11 HB 3360 Authorizes Prejudgment Interest to be Charged in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawsuits Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 17)
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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