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Consistent with past legislative sessions, the 102 General Assembly will face difficult financial realities that will need to be managed by a small number of political leaders and likely ushered through the finish line over the course of the final two weeks of May in a manner that feels rushed but necessary. Let's take a look at how just a handful of strategic votes can make the difference.
In reviewing 2019 voting roll calls in the House chamber, we can begin to see nuances in what is so often portrayed during election season as simple Democrat versus Republican slogans. While a graduated income tax did receive near unanimous support among House Democrats, legislation involving a minimum wage, abortion rights, gun rights, and recreational marijuana were not voted on uniformly among Democrats or even Republicans.
The process of lining up votes also occurs for those seeking a leadership position within a legislative chamber. One position of particular importance in setting legislative agendas that impact the entire state is the Senate President, and in January 2020 there was a new leader elected for the first time in over a decade.
Just a year after a changing of guard in the Senate, House Democrats selected a new leader for the first time in nearly four decades.
Speaking of the importance of political leadership within a chamber, in July 2017, the Illinois legislature voted to end the longest budget impasse in state and national history. For those watching closely, we saw how controlled voting can be in the General Assembly and how essential it is to know where votes are being protected or available.
As a note for those who watch the video, 71 votes were needed in support of the veto override motion. This moment in Illinois history involved numerous political alliances, but the overarching story line was a political battle between the Governor, a Republican who vetoed the budget, and the Speaker of the House, a Democrat who has held that leadership position for over three decades. The budget proposal at issue in the summer of 2017 involved an income tax increase, so with the next election cycle less than a year away, legislators with potentially close races were cautious in their voting. With the voting open until the Speaker of the House gavels voting to a close, 71 votes slowly made their way onto the board, and once the threshold was met, legislators could safely vote against the motion knowing the budget would still pass.
The 2018 General Election resulted in a significant shift to the Illinois State Legislature, with Democrats picking up three seats in the Senate and a net of seven seats in the House. Many of these seats were again competitive in the 2020 election cycle with at least 20 seats as potential top tier races.