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."
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+).
Four representatives and twelve senators, all Democrats received scores of 0 (F).
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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.
|This is the grading rubric used by the Illinois Opportunity Project Institute for its 2012 Legislative Vote Card.
- Previous Legislative Vote Cards from the Illinois Policy Institute: 2011, 2010
- ↑ Illinois Opportunity Project, "The Project," accessed February 21, 2013
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Illinois Opportunity Project, Legislative Vote Card home page, February 21, 2013
- ↑ Illinois Policy Institute, "2011 Illinois General Assembly Legislative Vote Card: Mid Year Report," October 11, 2011
- ↑ Illinois Opportunity Project, 2012 Illinois Legislative Vote Guide 97th General Assembly
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