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Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card

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The Illinois Opportunity Project, "an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds," annually releases its Legislative Vote Card, grading all members in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on the basis of their support of "pro-growth economic policies that increase personal freedom and reign in expansive government."[1][2]

2012 report

On October 10, 2012, the Illinois Opportunity Project released its 2012 Illinois Legislative Vote Card 97th General Assembly. The Vote Card included information about 8 votes in the Illinois State Senate and 8 votes in the Illinois House of Representatives that related to "issues that impact the families of Illinois." Each legislator received a grade from A to F on the basis of "how often his or her votes protected taxpayers’ interests and promoted economic growth."[2] Although 2012 was the IOP's first year publishing the Vote Card, the Illinois Policy Institute, another conservative-libertarian think tank, published a similar vote card in 2010 and 2011.[3]

The IOP chose votes on Medicaid restructuring, charter school funding, campaign financing, and cigarette and satellite taxes, among other issues.

In the House, there were 9 A's, 17 B's, 23 C's, 26 D's, and 43 F's. The mean score for state representatives was 50.61 (D-). In the Senate, there 15 A's, 6 B's, 6 C's, 5 D's, and 43 F's. The mean score for state senators was 54.19 (D). One senator and two representatives did not receive a letter grade because they were not present for enough of the select votes.

Highest and lowest scores

Two representatives and eleven senators, all Republicans received perfect scores of 100 (A+).

Legislators Scoring 100
District Name Party Score Grade
House 54 Thomas R. Morrison Ends.png Republican 100.00 A+
House 109 Brad Halbrook Ends.png Republican 100.00 A+
Senate 21 Ron Sandack Ends.png Republican 100.00 A+
Senate 23 Carole Pankau Ends.png Republican 100.00 A+
Senate 26 Dan Duffy Ends.png Republican 100.00 A+
Senate 27 Matt Murphy Ends.png Republican 100.00 A+
Senate 34 Dave Syverson Ends.png Republican 100.00 A+
Senate 37 Darin LaHood Ends.png Republican 100.00 A+
Senate 38 Sue Rezin Ends.png Republican 100.00 A+
Senate 41 Christine Radogno Ends.png Republican 100.00 A+
Senate 44 Bill Brady Ends.png Republican 100.00 A+
Senate 51 Kyle McCarter Ends.png Republican 100.00 A+
Senate 55 Dale A. Righter Ends.png Republican 100.00 A+

Four representatives and twelve senators, all Democrats received scores of 0 (F).

Legislators Scoring 0
District Name Party Score Grade
House 8 La Shawn K. Ford Electiondot.png Democratic 0.00 F
House 10 Derrick Smith Electiondot.png Democratic 0.00 F
House 27 Monique D. Davis Electiondot.png Democratic 0.00 F
House 67 Charles E. Jefferson Electiondot.png Democratic 0.00 F
Senate 2 William Delgado Electiondot.png Democratic 0.00 F
Senate 3 Mattie Hunter Electiondot.png Democratic 0.00 F
Senate 4 Kimberly Lightford Electiondot.png Democratic 0.00 F
Senate 5 Annazette Collins Electiondot.png Democratic 0.00 F
Senate 14 Emil Jones III Electiondot.png Democratic 0.00 F
Senate 15 James Meeks Electiondot.png Democratic 0.00 F
Senate 16 Jacqueline Collins Electiondot.png Democratic 0.00 F
Senate 17 Donne Trotter Electiondot.png Democratic 0.00 F
Senate 20 Iris Martinez Electiondot.png Democratic 0.00 F
Senate 22 Michael Noland Electiondot.png Democratic 0.00 F
Senate 40 Toi Hutchinson Electiondot.png Democratic 0.00 F
Senate 57 James Clayborne Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 0.00 F

Completed rankings

Click [show] in order to expand the tables below with the full lists of rankings by legislator.

Methodology

The Illinois Opportunity Project weights all votes equally. Each legislator's score is calculated by dividing the number of times he or she voted as recommended by the IOP by the number of selected votes at which he or she was present. The IOP using the following grading scale to assign letter grades.[4]

Lower Limit Upper Limit Grade
87.50 100.00 A
75.00 87.49 B
62.50 74.99 C
50.00 62.49 D
0 49.99 F
This is the grading rubric used by the Illinois Opportunity Project Institute for its 2012 Legislative Vote Card.

See also

External links

  • Previous Legislative Vote Cards from the Illinois Policy Institute: 2011, 2010

References