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2011 General Assembly Vote Card

2011 General Assembly Vote Card

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Illinois General Assembly
Legislative
Vote Card 
Mid-Year Report
 
2011 Legislative Vote Card
Mid-Year ReportContents
Introduction ...................................................................................................1Bill Selection ...................................................................................................1Reading the
 Legislative Vote Card ..........................................................2
Vote Descriptions: Illinois State Senate ..................................................3Vote Ratings: Illinois State Senate ............................................................9Vote Descriptions: Illinois House of Representatives .......................13Vote Ratings: Illinois House of Representatives .................................18
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 The Illinois Policy Institute inspires changes in hearts, minds and laws through our mis-sion to promote personal freedom and prosperity in Illinois and America. As a leading independent research and education organization, the Institute generates positive andsustainable policy solutions for citizens and lawmakers that help unleash talent and en-trepreneurial ability.
 
Illinois General Assembly
Legislative
Vote Card
1Illinois Policy Institute | www.IllinoisPolicy.orgMid-Year Report
Introduction
Policy changes lives. Legislation that lowers the cost of living and doing business in Illinoismakes life better across the state. Legislation that gives children better educational opportuni-ties can transform the futures of families and communities.But legislation that increases taxes, drives up public debt or limits economic opportunity candestroy a family’s dream, even sending a family packing for another state. Votes matter. The
Legislative Vote Card 
is the Illinois Policy Institute’s attempt to shine a light on the votesin Springeld that matter most. This is the second installment of the
Vote Card 
. In 2010 the
Vote Card 
 was launched as an annual report. Beginning in 2011, the
Vote Card 
will hereafter bepublished twice a year. The rst installment will be released following the conclusion of theSpring legislative session, to be updated after the conclusion of the General Assembly’s fall“veto session.” This is the rst installment for 2011. Included are the most signicant votesof the 2011 calendar year, as well key votes from the early January session of the outgoing 96
th
General Assembly. Almost all state lawmakers discuss responsible spending, belt-tightening, creating goodschools and restoring integrity to Illinois government. Votes should match the rhetoric. Thereare many lawmakers who champion job creation and the principles of liberty in their wordsand their actions. The
2011 Legislative Vote Card 
highlights the actions of Illinois lawmakers atthe crucial moments when they are asked to vote.
Bill Selection
 This
Vote Card 
assesses roll call votes on key bills that have an identiable impact on jobcreation and liberty in one of the following areas: budget and taxes, government regulation,transparency and accountability, and education. Bills not related to the Institute’s mission were not included. The
2011 Legislative Vote Card 
includes roll call votes on bills that received a recorded oor vote in at least one chamber. The
Vote Card 
does not account for bill sponsorship or billsthat did not receive a related oor vote For this reason, the vote tells an important but lim-ited story about lawmakers in Springeld. Many of the most important policy proposals of 2011 have yet to receive a oor vote – bills to limit spending, cut taxes, reform governmentpensions plans and create school choice scholarships all have been held in committee oron the chamber oor. A strong record on this vote card does not necessarily suggest how a particular lawmaker will vote on those looming issues. Citizens interested in key reformsthat the legislature will take up in the future can gauge a lawmaker’s positions based upon bill

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