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The State of Springfield: 2016 Legislative Scorecard

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Every year, Citizen Action/Illinois examines the voting records of elected officials in the Illinois General Assembly. The Scorecard is a tool created to enable concerned citizens to hold their elected officials accountable for their votes during the year. For 2016, Citizen Action/Illinois selected 14 key votes in the House and 12 key votes in the Senate of the 99th General Assembly for analysis.

The second year of the 99th General Assembly continued a protracted, ideological battle between Governor Bruce Rauner and his GOP allies and the Democrats, who have rejected his so-called reforms. This has led to Illinois' longest budget impasse in history, severely affecting low-income and the disabled communities, health services, and localities across the state. Although a temporary budget was approved in late June to get the state through the rest of the year, there is much more work to be done in securing a fully-funded, fair and honest budget for Illinois. Amidst this backdrop, a great number of other issues were debated and voted on in Springfield. This scorecard appropriately exhibits how members of the General Assembly fared on each of these issues.

Though this legislative scorecard is only one indicator of a legislator’s performance in Springfield, it is our hope that it will provide citizens with a good gauge of each official’s dedication to social and economic justice as well as protecting Illinois’ consumers.