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==2012 report==
 
==2012 report==
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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."<ref name="IOP"/>  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.<ref>[http://illinoispolicy.org/news/article.asp?ArticleSource=4454 Illinois Policy Institute, "2011 Illinois General Assembly Legislative Vote Card: Mid Year Report," October 11, 2011]</ref>
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The IOP chose votes on Medicaid restructuring, charter school funding, campaign financing, and cigarette and satellite taxes, among other issues.
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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.
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===Highest and lowest scores===
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Two representatives and eleven senators, all [[Republican Party|Republicans]] received perfect scores of 100 (A+).
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{| class="wikitable collapsible sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:650px;"
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! colspan="9" style="background-color:#008000; color: white;" |'''Legislators Scoring 100'''
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|-
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! style="background:#f0f0f0;"|'''District'''
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! style="background:#f0f0f0;"|'''Name'''
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! style="background:#f0f0f0;"|'''Party'''
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! style="background:#f0f0f0;"|'''Score'''
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! style="background:#f0f0f0;"|'''Grade'''
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|-
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| House 54||[[Thomas R. Morrison]]||{{red dot}}||100.00||A+
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|-
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| House 109||[[Brad Halbrook]]||{{red dot}}||100.00||A+
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|-
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| Senate 21||[[Ron Sandack]]||{{red dot}}||100.00||A+
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|-
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| Senate 23||[[Carole Pankau]]||{{red dot}}||100.00||A+
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|-
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| Senate 26||[[Dan Duffy]]||{{red dot}}||100.00||A+
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|-
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| Senate 27||[[Matt Murphy]]||{{red dot}}||100.00||A+
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|-
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| Senate 34||[[Dave Syverson]]||{{red dot}}||100.00||A+
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|-
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| Senate 37||[[Darin LaHood]]||{{red dot}}||100.00||A+
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|-
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| Senate 38||[[Sue Rezin]]||{{red dot}}||100.00||A+
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|-
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| Senate 41||[[Christine Radogno]]||{{red dot}}||100.00||A+
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|-
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| Senate 44||[[Bill Brady]]||{{red dot}}||100.00||A+
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|-
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| Senate 51||[[Kyle McCarter]]||{{red dot}}||100.00||A+
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|-
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| Senate 55||[[Dale A. Righter]]||{{red dot}}||100.00||A+
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|-
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|}
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Four representatives and twelve senators, all [[Democratic Party|Democrats]] received scores of 0 (F).
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{| {{table}}
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{| class="wikitable collapsible sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:650px;"
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! colspan="9" style="background-color:#008000; color: white;" |'''Legislators Scoring 0'''
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|-
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! style="background:#f0f0f0;"|'''District'''
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! style="background:#f0f0f0;"|'''Name'''
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! style="background:#f0f0f0;"|'''Party'''
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! style="background:#f0f0f0;"|'''Score'''
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! style="background:#f0f0f0;"|'''Grade'''
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|-
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| House 8||[[La Shawn K. Ford]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||F
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|-
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| House 10||[[Derrick Smith]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||F
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|-
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| House 27||[[Monique D. Davis]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||F
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|-
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| House 67||[[Charles E. Jefferson]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||F
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|-
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| Senate 2||[[William Delgado]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||F
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|-
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| Senate 3||[[Mattie Hunter]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||F
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|-
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| Senate 4||[[Kimberly Lightford]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||F
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|-
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| Senate 5||[[Annazette Collins]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||F
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|-
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| Senate 14||[[Emil Jones III]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||F
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|-
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| Senate 15||[[James Meeks]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||F
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|-
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| Senate 16||[[Jacqueline Collins]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||F
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|-
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| Senate 17||[[Donne Trotter]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||F
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|-
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| Senate 20||[[Iris Martinez]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||F
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|-
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| Senate 22||[[Michael Noland]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||F
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|-
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| Senate 40||[[Toi Hutchinson]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||F
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|-
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| Senate 57||[[James Clayborne Jr.]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||F
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|-
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|}
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===Completed rankings===
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Click <nowiki>[show]</nowiki> in order to expand the tables below with the full lists of rankings by legislator.
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{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:650px;"
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! colspan="9" style="background-color:#008000; color: white;" |'''Complete Rankings for Illinois State Representatives'''
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|-
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! style="background:#f0f0f0;"|'''Name'''
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! style="background:#f0f0f0;"|'''District'''
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! style="background:#f0f0f0;"|'''Party'''
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! style="background:#f0f0f0;"|'''Score'''
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! style="background:#f0f0f0;"|'''Grade'''
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|-
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| 1||[[Dena Carli]]||{{blue dot}}||37.50||F
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|-
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| 2||[[Edward J. Acevedo]]||{{blue dot}}||33.33||F
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|-
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| 3||[[Luis Arroyo]]||{{blue dot}}||42.86||F
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| 4||[[Cynthia Soto]]||{{blue dot}}||50.00||D-
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| 5||[[Kenneth Dunkin]]||{{blue dot}}||12.50||F
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| 6||[[Esther Golar]]||{{blue dot}}||25.00||F
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| 7||[[Karen Yarbrough]]||{{blue dot}}||37.50||F
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| 8||[[La Shawn K. Ford]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||F
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| 9||[[Arthur Turner II]]||{{blue dot}}||25.00||F
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| 10||[[Derrick Smith]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||F
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|-
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| 11||[[Ann M. Williams]]||{{blue dot}}||25.00||F
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| 12||[[Sara Feigenholtz]]||{{blue dot}}||37.50||F
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| 13||[[Gregory Harris]]||{{blue dot}}||42.86||F
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|-
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| 14||[[Kelly M. Cassidy]]||{{blue dot}}||37.50||F
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|-
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| 15||[[John D'Amico]]||{{blue dot}}||50.00||D-
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|-
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| 16||[[Lou Lang]]||{{blue dot}}||50.00||D-
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|-
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| 17||[[Daniel K. Biss]]||{{blue dot}}||50.00||D-
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| 18||[[Robyn Gabel]]||{{blue dot}}||25.00||F
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|-
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| 19||[[Joseph M. Lyons]]||{{blue dot}}||50.00||D-
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|-
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| 20||[[Michael McAuliffe]]||{{red dot}}||85.71||B
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|-
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| 21||[[Michael Zalewski]]||{{blue dot}}||50.00||D-
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|-
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| 22||[[Michael Madigan]]||{{blue dot}}||50.00||D-
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|-
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| 23||[[Daniel Burke]]||{{blue dot}}||50.00||D-
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|-
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| 24||[[Elizabeth Hernandez]]||{{blue dot}}||25.00||F
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|-
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| 25||[[Barbara Flynn Currie]]||{{blue dot}}||37.50||F
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|-
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| 26||[[Kimberly du Buclet]]||{{blue dot}}||14.29||F
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| 27||[[Monique D. Davis]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||F
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|-
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| 28||[[Robert Rita]]||{{blue dot}}||25.00||F
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|-
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| 29||[[Thaddeus Jones]]||{{blue dot}}||25.00||F
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| 30||[[William Davis]]||{{blue dot}}||12.50||F
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| 31||[[Mary E. Flowers]]||{{blue dot}}||25.00||F
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|-
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| 32||[[Andre Thapedi]]||{{blue dot}}||14.29||F
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|-
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| 33||[[Marlow H. Colvin]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||NA
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| 33||[[Marcus Evans]]||{{blue dot}}||14.29||F
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|-
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| 34||[[Constance A. Howard]]||{{blue dot}}||37.50||F
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|-
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| 35||[[Bill Cunningham]]||{{blue dot}}||37.50||F
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|-
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| 36||[[Kelly M. Burke]]||{{blue dot}}||50.00||D-
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|-
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| 37||[[Charles Krezwick]]||{{blue dot}}||37.50||F
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|-
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| 38||[[Al Riley]]||{{blue dot}}||12.50||F
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|-
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| 39||[[Maria Antonia Berrios]]||{{blue dot}}||50.00||D-
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|-
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| 40||[[Deb Mell]]||{{blue dot}}||50.00||D-
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|-
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| 41||[[Chris Nybo]]||{{red dot}}||75.00||B-
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|-
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| 42||[[Sandra M. Pihos]]||{{red dot}}||75.00||B-
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|-
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| 43||[[Keith Farnham]]||{{blue dot}}||62.50||C-
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|-
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| 44||[[Fred Crespo]]||{{blue dot}}||62.50||C-
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|-
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| 45||[[Franco Coladipietro]]||{{red dot}}||62.50||C-
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|-
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| 46||[[Dennis Reboletti]]||{{red dot}}||62.50||C-
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|-
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| 47||[[Patricia R. Bellock]]||{{red dot}}||87.50||A-
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|-
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| 48||[[Michael Connelly]]||{{red dot}}||87.50||A-
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|-
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| 49||[[Tim Schmitz]]||{{red dot}}||71.43||C
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|-
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| 50||[[Kay Hatcher]]||{{red dot}}||75.00||B-
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|-
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| 51||[[Ed Sullivan, Jr.]]||{{red dot}}||87.50||A-
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|-
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| 52||[[Kent Gaffney]]||{{red dot}}||66.67||C
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|-
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| 53||[[Sidney Mathias]]||{{red dot}}||62.50||C-
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|-
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| 54||[[Thomas R. Morrison]]||{{red dot}}||100.00||A+
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|-
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| 55||[[Harry R. Ramey, Jr.]]||{{red dot}}||57.14||D
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|-
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| 56||[[Michelle Mussman]]||{{blue dot}}||62.50||C-
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|-
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| 57||[[Elaine Nekritz]]||{{blue dot}}||37.50||F
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|-
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| 58||[[Karen May]]||{{blue dot}}||37.50||F
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|-
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| 59||[[Carol Sente]]||{{blue dot}}||75.00||B-
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|-
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| 60||[[Rita Mayfield]]||{{blue dot}}||28.57||F
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|-
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| 61||[[JoAnn D. Osmond]]||{{red dot}}||62.50||C-
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|-
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| 62||[[Sandy Cole]]||{{red dot}}||75.00||B-
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|-
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| 63||[[Jack D. Franks]]||{{blue dot}}||75.00||B-
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|-
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| 65||[[Rosemary Mulligan]]||{{red dot}}||42.86||F
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|-
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| 66||[[David Harris]]||{{red dot}}||75.00||B-
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|-
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| 66||[[Michael W. Tryon]]||{{red dot}}||87.50||A-
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|-
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| 67||[[Charles E. Jefferson]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||F
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|-
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| 68||[[Dave Winters]]||{{red dot}}||62.50||C-
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|-
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| 69||[[Joe Sosnowski]]||{{red dot}}||87.50||A-
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|-
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| 70||[[Robert W. Pritchard]]||{{red dot}}||50.00||D-
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|-
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| 71||[[Richard Morthland]]||{{red dot}}||75.00||B-
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|-
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| 72||[[Patrick J. Verschoore]]||{{blue dot}}||50.00||D-
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|-
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| 73||[[David R. Leitch]]||{{red dot}}||37.50||F
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|-
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| 74||[[Donald L. Moffitt]]||{{red dot}}||50.00||D-
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|-
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| 75||[[Pam Roth]]||{{red dot}}||75.00||B-
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|-
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| 76||[[Frank J. Mautino]]||{{blue dot}}||57.14||D
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|-
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| 77||[[Angelo Saviano]]||{{red dot}}||75.00||B-
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| 78||[[Camille Y. Lilly]]||{{blue dot}}||14.29||F
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|-
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| 79||[[Lisa M. Dugan]]||{{blue dot}}||25.00||F
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|-
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| 80||[[Anthony DeLuca, Illinois Representative|Anthony DeLuca]]||{{blue dot}}||28.57||F
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|-
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| 81||[[Renee Kosel]]||{{red dot}}||62.50||C-
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|-
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| 82||[[Jim Durkin]]||{{red dot}}||57.14||D
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|-
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| 83||[[Linda Chapa LaVia]]||{{blue dot}}||28.57||F
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|-
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| 84||[[Tom Cross]]||{{red dot}}||87.50||A-
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|-
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| 85||[[Emily McAsey]]||{{blue dot}}||57.14||D
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|-
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| 86||[[Jack McGuire]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||NA
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|-
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| 86||[[Lawrence Walsh]]||{{blue dot}}||71.43||C
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|-
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| 87||[[Bill Mitchell]]||{{red dot}}||62.50||C-
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|-
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| 88||[[Dan Brady]]||{{red dot}}||62.50||C-
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|-
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| 89||[[Jim Sacia]]||{{red dot}}||50.00||D-
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|-
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| 90||[[Jerry L. Mitchell]]||{{red dot}}||71.43||C-
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|-
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| 91||[[Michael D. Unes]]||{{red dot}}||75.00||B-
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|-
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| 92||[[Jehan Gordon]]||{{blue dot}}||28.57||F
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|-
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| 93||[[Jil Tracy]]||{{red dot}}||85.71||B
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|-
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| 94||[[Norine K. Hammond]]||{{red dot}}||62.50||C-
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|-
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| 95||[[Mike Fortner]]||{{red dot}}||75.00||B-
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| 96||[[Darlene Senger]]||{{red dot}}||71.43||C
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| 97||[[Jim Watson]]||{{red dot}}||50.00||D-
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| 98||[[Wayne Arthur Rosenthal]]||{{red dot}}||50.00||D-
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| 99||[[Raymond Poe]]||{{red dot}}||50.00||D-
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|-
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| 100||[[Rich Brauer]]||{{red dot}}||62.50||C-
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|-
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| 101||[[Adam M. Brown]]||{{red dot}}||62.50||C-
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| 102||[[Paul Evans]]||{{red dot}}||75.00||B-
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| 103||[[Naomi D. Jakobsson]]||{{blue dot}}||25.00||F
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| 104||[[Chad D. Hays]]||{{red dot}}||75.00||B-
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| 105||[[Jason Barickman]]||{{red dot}}||87.50||A-
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| 106||[[Keith P. Sommer]]||{{red dot}}||62.50||C-
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|-
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| 107||[[John Cavaletto]]||{{red dot}}||57.14||D
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|-
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| 108||[[David Reis]]||{{red dot}}||62.50||C-
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| 109||[[Brad Halbrook]]||{{red dot}}||100.00||A+
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| 110||[[Chapin Rose]]||{{red dot}}||71.43||C
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|-
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| 111||[[Daniel V. Beiser]]||{{blue dot}}||50.00||D-
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| 112||[[Dwight D. Kay]]||{{red dot}}||75.00||B-
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| 113||[[Scott Penny]]||{{blue dot}}||37.50||F
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| 114||[[Eddie Lee Jackson]]||{{blue dot}}||12.50||F
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| 115||[[Mike Bost]]||{{red dot}}||50.00||D-
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| 116||[[Jerry Costello Jr.]]||{{blue dot}}||50.00||D-
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| 117||[[John E. Bradley]]||{{blue dot}}||71.43||C
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| 118||[[Brandon W. Phelps]]||{{blue dot}}||50.00||D-
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|}
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{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:650px;"
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! colspan="9" style="background-color:#008000; color: white;" |'''Complete Rankings for Illinois State Senators'''
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|-
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! style="background:#f0f0f0;"|'''Name'''
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! style="background:#f0f0f0;"|'''District'''
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! style="background:#f0f0f0;"|'''Party'''
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! style="background:#f0f0f0;"|'''Score'''
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! style="background:#f0f0f0;"|'''Grade'''
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|-
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| 1||[[Antonio Munoz]]||{{blue dot}}||42.86||F
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|-
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| 2||[[William Delgado]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||F
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| 3||[[Mattie Hunter]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||F
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|-
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| 4||[[Kimberly Lightford]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||F
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|-
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| 5||[[Annazette Collins]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||F
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|-
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| 6||[[John Cullerton]]||{{blue dot}}||37.50||F
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| 7||[[Heather Steans]]||{{blue dot}}||28.57||F
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|-
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| 8||[[Ira Silverstein]]||{{blue dot}}||37.50||F
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| 9||[[Jeffrey Schoenberg]]||{{blue dot}}||42.86||F
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| 10||[[John G. Mulroe]]||{{blue dot}}||57.14||D
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| 11||[[Steve Landek]]||{{blue dot}}||62.50||C-
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| 12||[[Martin Sandoval]]||{{blue dot}}||37.50||F
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| 13||[[Kwame Raoul]]||{{blue dot}}||14.29||F
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|-
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| 14||[[Emil Jones III]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||F
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|-
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| 15||[[James Meeks]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||F
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|-
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| 16||[[Jacqueline Collins]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||F
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|-
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| 17||[[Donne Trotter]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||F
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|-
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| 18||[[Edward Maloney]]||{{blue dot}}||37.50||F
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|-
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| 19||[[Maggie Crotty]]||{{blue dot}}||37.50||F
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| 20||[[Iris Martinez]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||F
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| 21||[[Ron Sandack]]||{{red dot}}||100.00||A+
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| 22||[[Michael Noland]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||F
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| 23||[[Carole Pankau]]||{{red dot}}||100.00||A+
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|-
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| 24||[[Kirk Dillard]]||{{red dot}}||87.50||A-
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| 25||[[Chris Lauzen]]||{{red dot}}||75.00||B-
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| 26||[[Dan Duffy]]||{{red dot}}||100.00||A+
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| 27||[[Matt Murphy]]||{{red dot}}||100.00||A+
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| 28||[[John Millner]]||{{red dot}}||60.00||D
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| 29||[[Susan Garrett]]||{{blue dot}}||57.14||D
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| 30||[[Terry Link]]||{{blue dot}}||37.50||F
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| 31||[[Suzi Schmidt]]||{{red dot}}||87.50||A-
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| 32||[[Pamela Althoff]]||{{red dot}}||85.71||B
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| 33||[[Dan Kotowski]]||{{blue dot}}||50.00||D-
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| 34||[[Dave Syverson]]||{{red dot}}||100.00||A+
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| 35||[[Christine Johnson, Illinois legislator|Christine J. Johnson]]||{{red dot}}||87.50||A-
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| 36||[[Mike Jacobs]]||{{blue dot}}||62.50||C-
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| 37||[[Darin LaHood]]||{{red dot}}||100.00||A+
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| 38||[[Sue Rezin]]||{{red dot}}||100.00||A+
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| 39||[[Don Harmon]]||{{blue dot}}||37.50||F
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| 40||[[Toi Hutchinson]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||F
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|-
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| 41||[[Christine Radogno]]||{{red dot}}||100.00||A+
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|-
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| 42||[[Linda Holmes]]||{{blue dot}}||37.50||F
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|-
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| 43||[[Pat McGuire]]||{{blue dot}}||50.00||D-
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| 44||[[Bill Brady]]||{{red dot}}||100.00||A+
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| 45||[[Tim Bivins]]||{{red dot}}||85.71||B
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| 46||[[Dave Koehler]]||{{blue dot}}||25.00||F
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|-
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| 47||[[John Sullivan (Illinois)|John Sullivan]]||{{blue dot}}||62.50||C-
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| 48||[[Tom Johnson]]||{{red dot}}||85.71||B
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| 49||[[William "Sam" McCann]]||{{red dot}}||85.71||B
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| 50||[[Larry Bomke]]||{{red dot}}||71.43||C
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|-
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| 51||[[Kyle McCarter]]||{{red dot}}||100.00||A+
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| 52||[[Michael Frerichs]]||{{blue dot}}||42.86||F
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| 53||[[Shane Cultra]]||{{red dot}}||87.50||A-
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| 54||[[John O. Jones]]||{{red dot}}||75.00||B-
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| 55||[[Dale A. Righter]]||{{red dot}}||100.00||A+
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| 56||[[William Haine]]||{{blue dot}}||62.50||C-
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| 57||[[James Clayborne Jr.]]||{{blue dot}}||0.00||F
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| 58||[[David Luechtefeld]]||{{red dot}}||100.00||n/a
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| 59||[[Gary Forby]]||{{blue dot}}||62.50||C-
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==Methodology==
 
==Methodology==
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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.<ref>[https://illinoisopportunity.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/IOP-2012-IL-Vote-Card-FINAL.pdf Illinois Opportunity Project, 2012 Illinois Legislative Vote  Guide 97th General Assembly]</ref>
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| align="center" style="background:#f0f0f0;"|'''Lower Limit'''
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| 87.50||100.00||A
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| 75.00||87.49||B
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| 62.50||74.99||C
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| 50.00||62.49||D
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| 0||49.99||F
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|colspan="3" align="left"|This is the grading rubric used by the Illinois Opportunity Project Institute for its 2012 Legislative Vote Card.
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==See also==
 
==See also==

Revision as of 10:54, 4 September 2013

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