Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card
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." 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.
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|
|House 54||Thomas R. Morrison||Republican||100.00||A+|
|House 109||Brad Halbrook||Republican||100.00||A+|
|Senate 21||Ron Sandack||Republican||100.00||A+|
|Senate 23||Carole Pankau||Republican||100.00||A+|
|Senate 26||Dan Duffy||Republican||100.00||A+|
|Senate 27||Matt Murphy||Republican||100.00||A+|
|Senate 34||Dave Syverson||Republican||100.00||A+|
|Senate 37||Darin LaHood||Republican||100.00||A+|
|Senate 38||Sue Rezin||Republican||100.00||A+|
|Senate 41||Christine Radogno||Republican||100.00||A+|
|Senate 44||Bill Brady||Republican||100.00||A+|
|Senate 51||Kyle McCarter||Republican||100.00||A+|
|Senate 55||Dale A. Righter||Republican||100.00||A+|
Four representatives and twelve senators, all Democrats received scores of 0 (F).