Senator Jim Oberweis has earned a 100 percent rating from the American Conservative Union (ACU) for his legislative votes on a variety of major issues during the 2013 session of the General Assembly.
Senator Oberweis and five other Illinois State Senators earned 100 percent in the ACU’s 2013 State Legislative Ratings Guide for members of the Illinois General Assembly.
The ACU’s 2013 State Legislative Ratings Guide selected issues for the Senate and the House of Representatives and examined lawmakers’ votes on those issues over the course of the year. Senator Oberweis supported the ACU’s position on nine of the 10 bills (Senate Bill 1, Senate Bill 10, House Bill 1189, Senate Bill 26, House Bill 2675, House Bill 190, House Bill 2418, Senate Bill 1244 and Senate Bill 2555) used in the rating process. He did not vote on Senate Bill 1787.
1. Senate Bill 1 Pension Reform. This bill is an attempt to reform Illinois’ broken pension system. The pension would reduce the current $100 billion of unfunded liability by $15-$20 billion and reduce the state’s contributions by about $100 billion over the next 33 years. ACU supports real pension reform and supported this bill as a good start at reform.
2. Senate Bill 10 Same Sex Marriage. This bill redefines marriage in Illinois to include persons of the same sex. The bill provides no religious liberty protections for place of worship and their ministries or individual protections for refusing to participate or support same sex marriages. ACU supports the traditional definition of marriage and supports religious liberty protections in states that allow same sex marriages and opposed this bill.
3. House Bill 1189 Second Amendment Rights. This bill included provisions that create a defacto gun registration system that would require approval from the Illinois State Police and their validation that the buyer has a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card. ACU opposes weakening Second Amendment rights and opposed this bill.
4. Senate Bill 26 Obamacare Implementation. This bill expands the Medicaid program to help implement the Obamacare health insurance program. ACU opposes this expansion which will impose a future burden on Illinois taxpayers and does not reform a program riddled with waste and abuse before expansion and opposed this bill.
5. House Bill 2675 Local Control of Education. This bill mandates that local school districts must include condom training to children from the age of 11 as part of their sex education curriculum. ACU supports local control of education and opposed this bill.
6. House Bill 190 Spending Increase. This supplemental budget bill adds $603 million in spending at a time when the state of Illinois credit rating is one of the lowest in the country and there are $7 billion in unpaid vendor bills. ACU opposes irresponsible spending increases and opposed this bill.
7. House Bill 2418 Local Government Mandates. This bill would create an unfunded mandate on one county (Lake) by requiring a new board of elections that removes the County Clerk’s authority over elections without the approval of voters. ACU opposes this usurpation of local government and opposed this bill.
8. Senate Bill 1244 Housing Trust Fund. This bill authorizes Lake County to establish a so-called “affordable housing trust fund” paid for by a tax surcharge on all real estate-related documents. ACU opposes these funds that use taxpayer money to pay activist groups to “assist” people in finding affordable housing as well as unneeded tax surcharges and opposed this bill.
9. Senate Bill 2555 Spending Increase. This education budget bill increased spending over last year’s levels by $155 million at a time of fiscal crisis in Illinois. ACU opposes irresponsible spending increases and opposed this bill.
10. Senate Bill 1787 Labor Law. This bill targeted a funeral company involved in a labor dispute with the Teamsters Union. It would allow the state Comptroller to revoke a license or refuse to issue a license to a funeral home that engages in a lockout “that has a negative effect on consumers.” ACU opposes government interference in private labor disputes and opposed this bill.