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2011 Illinois General Assembly Legislative Vote Card: Full Year-End Report

2011 Illinois General Assembly Legislative Vote Card: Full Year-End Report

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Illinois General Assembly
Legislative
Vote Card 
Full Year-End Report
 
2011 Legislative Vote Card
Full Year-End ReportContents
Introduction ...................................................................................................1Bill selection ...................................................................................................1Reading the
 Legislative Vote Card ..........................................................2
Vote descriptions: Illinois State Senate ..................................................3Vote ratings: Illinois State Senate ..........................................................10Vote descriptions: Illinois House of Representatives .......................14Vote ratings: Illinois House of Representatives .................................21
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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.
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 The Illinois Policy Institute is committed to delivering the highest quality and most reli-able research on matters of public policy. The Institute guarantees that all original factual data (including studies, viewpoints, re-ports, brochures and videos) are true and correct and that information attributed toother sources is accurately represented. The Institute encourages rigorous critique of its research. If the accuracy of any materi-al fact or reference to an independent source is questioned and brought to the Institute’sattention in writing with supporting evidence, the Institute will respond. If an error ex-ists, it will be corrected in subsequent distributions. This constitutes the complete andnal remedy under this guarantee.
 
Illinois General Assembly
Legislative
Vote Card
1Illinois Policy Institute | www.IllinoisPolicy.orgFull Report
Introduction
Illinois’ prosperity hinges on better public policy, and 2011 was a crucial year for the state asit faces massive challenges. The state raised taxes on every family and business in Illinois, andthen doled out tax breaks to a special few. Any serious reform of state spending was left tofuture years, meaning that Illinois fell deeper into debt. More happily, important educationreforms were passed. Local government tax rates will be searchable online thanks to a new state law. In ways good and bad, Illinois is a different place because of legislation that waspassed in 2011.Every state legislative seat will be contested in 2012. This is something that happens only onceevery decade, and those running for re-election should be judged on their records. The bestlawmakers sponsor bold legislation, ght for good policy in committees and vote the right way on the chamber oor. Those votes will change lives. Legislation that lowers the cost of living and doing businessin Illinois makes life better across the state. Legislation that gives children better educationalopportunities 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 dreams – even sending them packing for another state. Votes matter.In the
2011 Legislative Vote Card 
, the Illinois Policy Institute shines a light on the oor votesin Springeld that mattered most during the calendar year, including key votes from the early  January session of the outgoing 96
th
General Assembly. Almost all state lawmakers have discussed responsible spending, belt-tightening, creating good schools and restoring integrity to Illinois government. Votes should match the rhetoric. There are many lawmakers who champion job creation and the principles of liberty in their words and their actions. The
2011 Legislative Vote Card 
highlights the actions of Illinois law-makers at the crucial moments when they are asked to vote. Voters should review lawmakers’ records. Research what bills they sponsored. Ask them how they voted in committee. And consult the Illinois Policy Institute’s
2011 Legislative Vote Card 
to judge the oor record of every member of the General Assembly.
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.

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