30 Illinois State Lawmakers Earn Awards for Conservative Voting Record

ACU Foundation Releases 2018 Ratings of Illinois General Assembly

For Immediate Release

Alexandria, VA—The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) has just released its ratings of the first session of the 100th meeting of the Illinois General Assembly. These ratings, a portion of the comprehensive and nationwide ratings released by ACUF, are designed to reflect how elected officials view the role of government and illustrate how both chambers of the legislature and individual members prioritize a wide variety of issue areas that directly affect Illinoisans.

ACUF reviewed each piece of legislation voted on in both the Senate and House of Representatives to produce average scores for each chamber as well as individual scores for each sitting member.

Illinois legislators took pen to paper on various issues during the legislative session. In one or both chambers, they voted to:

  • promote school choice by providing tax credits to organizations that provide scholarship grants for public and private schools;
  • reform civil asset forfeiture by shifting the burden of proof to the government before any property can be seized;
  • establish a “sanctuary state” by preventing law enforcement from detaining individuals based on their illegal immigration status and limit local agencies’ cooperation with federal immigration authorities;
  • allow Medicaid recipients and state employees to use their taxpayer-funded healthcare benefits to obtain abortions; and
  • raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.

“With the 13th lowest score in the nation, Illinois appears to lack conservative voices in its General Assembly,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. “As a result, lawmakers failed to create jobs, protect the lives of the unborn, and enforce the law against those who enter the country illegally. One bright spot is that lawmakers limited government’s ability to seize someone’s property without being afforded a fair trial.”

ACUF issues awards to recognize members who vote with ACUF’s position at least 80% of the time. This year, those members included:

Award for Conservative Excellence (90% and above):

Reps. Bourne, Breen, Cavaletto, Frese, Halbrook and Ives.

Award for Conservative Achievement (80%-89%):

Sens. Bivins and McCarter; and Reps. Batinick, Bellock, Bennett, Brady, Butler, Cabello, Demmer, Durkin, Jesiel, Long, McSweeney, Meier, Morrison, Reick, Reis, Sauer, Skillicorn, Sommer, Sosnowski, Spain, Stewart, Swanson, Welter, and Wheeler, K,.

Members who scored 10% or lower qualified for ACUF’s “Coalition of the Radical Left” for their opposition to commonsense conservative solutions. This year, those members included:

Sen. Van Pelt and Reps. Evans and Wallace

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For questions or media inquiries regarding ACUF state ratings, email Luke Schneider, Public Affairs Coordinator for the American Conservative Union Foundation, at [email protected]