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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
April 7, 2022 IL HB 716 Establishes Violence Reduction Fund Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 18)
April 6, 2022 IL HB 5201 Establishes Agriculture Equity Commission Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 2)
March 31, 2022 IL HB 1167 Authorizes Vaccinated Teachers to Take COVID-19 Sick Days Without Repercussions Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 18)
March 23, 2022 IL HB 2803 Transfers $2.7 Billion from Pension Stabilization Fund to the Office of the State Comptroller Bill Passed - House (68 - 43)
March 10, 2022 IL HB 2803 Transfers $2.7 Billion from Pension Stabilization Fund to the Office of the State Comptroller Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 15)
March 3, 2022 IL HB 3125 Requires Increased Electric Vehicle Compatibility for Housing Developments Bill Passed - House (68 - 35)
March 1, 2022 IL HB 5201 Establishes Agriculture Equity Commission Bill Passed - House (89 - 17)
March 1, 2022 IL HB 1167 Authorizes Vaccinated Teachers to Take COVID-19 Sick Days Without Repercussions Bill Passed - House (70 - 28)
Feb. 24, 2022 IL SB 3932 Requires FBI Notification if Human Remains are Unidentified After 72 Hours Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 4)
Jan. 5, 2022 IL HB 3512 Amends Criminal Justice Law Concurrence Vote Passed - House (67 - 42)
Jan. 5, 2022 IL HB 3138 Amends Judicial Circuits and Subcircuits Concurrence Vote Passed - House (66 - 34)
Jan. 5, 2022 IL HB 3138 Amends Judicial Circuits and Subcircuits Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 16)
Jan. 5, 2022 IL HR 595 Authorizes House Members to Participate Remotely Until June 1 Bill Passed - House (69 - 26)
Date No. Title Outcome
4/07 HB 716 Establishes Violence Reduction Fund Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 18)
4/06 HB 5201 Establishes Agriculture Equity Commission Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 2)
3/31 HB 1167 Authorizes Vaccinated Teachers to Take COVID-19 Sick Days Without Repercussions Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 18)
3/23 HB 2803 Transfers $2.7 Billion from Pension Stabilization Fund to the Office of the State Comptroller Bill Passed - House (68 - 43)
3/10 HB 2803 Transfers $2.7 Billion from Pension Stabilization Fund to the Office of the State Comptroller Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 15)
3/03 HB 3125 Requires Increased Electric Vehicle Compatibility for Housing Developments Bill Passed - House (68 - 35)
3/01 HB 5201 Establishes Agriculture Equity Commission Bill Passed - House (89 - 17)
3/01 HB 1167 Authorizes Vaccinated Teachers to Take COVID-19 Sick Days Without Repercussions Bill Passed - House (70 - 28)
2/24 SB 3932 Requires FBI Notification if Human Remains are Unidentified After 72 Hours Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 4)
1/05 HB 3512 Amends Criminal Justice Law Concurrence Vote Passed - House (67 - 42)
1/05 HB 3138 Amends Judicial Circuits and Subcircuits Concurrence Vote Passed - House (66 - 34)
1/05 HB 3138 Amends Judicial Circuits and Subcircuits Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 16)
1/05 HR 595 Authorizes House Members to Participate Remotely Until June 1 Bill Passed - House (69 - 26)

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