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Very Progressive? Not!   In the 2012 federal election Illinois Democrats took 12 of Illinois’ 18 Congressional seats.  Unfortunately, the five new Dems in the Illinois Congressional delegation are “ConservaDems, who have little or no interest in a progressive agenda.

According to That’s My Congress, a site that ranks Senators and Congressman on a Liberal-Conservative spectrum according to how they actually vote, only two Illinois Congressional reps can boast of a progressive voting record this year. They are Bobby Rush (01) and Jan Schakowsky (09). Hooray for Jan and Bobby.

The site rates two others, Danny Davis (07) and Luis Gutierrez (04) “moderately liberal”.  Mike Quigley (05) is ranked with the “weak liberals”.

The remaining six Illinois Congresspeople, including five new ones, are termed “mushy middle” voters.  These are Democrats who vote with conservatives on issues almost as often as they vote with liberal Democrats.

Robin Kelly, Illinois' newest Congress person, was not rated because she took office recently.

See scores and rankings below.

Progressive Ranking: Illinois’ Democratic Congressional Delegation for
the 113th Congress of 2013-2014

The congressional scorecards at That’s My Congress are generated from observations of roll call voting and bill co-sponsorship behavior during the 113th Congress.  The scores range from +100, representing a perfectly progressive score, to -100, representing a perfectly conservative score.

Just seven Democrats earned the highest liberal score of 88.  Five of them are active PDA supporters including John Conyers, Donna Edwards, Raul Grijalva, Barbara Lee, and James McGovern

Here are the voting scores for the Illinois Delegation.

Strong Liberals (top category). The following Illinois Representatives have earned a Net Congressional Score between 70 and 100:

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL 1)             Net Congressional Score:  75
Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-IL 9)   Net Congressional Score:  70

Somewhat Liberal. The following Illinois Representatives have earned a Net Congressional Score between 40 and 69:

Senator Richard Durbin               Net Congressional Score:   50

Rep. Danny Davis  (D-IL 7)          Net Congressional Score:  50
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL 4)         Net Congressional Score:  45

Weakly Liberal. The following Representatives have earned a Net Congressional Score between 20 and 39:  Just for comparison check out Nancy Pelosi.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi  (D-CA 12)       Net Congressional Score:  28
Rep. Mike Quigley  (D-IL 5)          Net Congressional Score:  28

The Mushy Middle. The following Representatives have earned a Net Congressional Score between -19 and +19:

Rep. Bradley Schneider  (IL 10) New    Net Congressional Score:   15
Rep. Daniel Lipinski  (IL 3)                Net Congressional Score:    3
Rep. Cheri Bustos   (IL 17)  New         Net Congressional Score:    3
Rep. William Enyart  (IL 12) New         Net Congressional Score:   -2
Rep. Tammy Duckworth  (IL 8) New     Net Congressional Score:   -8
Rep. Bill Foster   (IL 11)  New             Net Congressional Score:   -8

Robin Kelly (IL-02) wasn't scored because she took office in April 2013.

To see full rankings for the 113th Congress and the criteria used for making the rankings go to: That’s My Congress Website

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  •  Surprised to see Mike Quigley (3+ / 0-)
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    kerflooey, Rileycat, CoyoteMarti

    described as "weakly liberal" because he represents a population in Chicago known as The Lakefront Liberals.  Will have to watch him more closely.

    As for Bill Foster, he represents a suburban area which has many Republicans.  I can understand him being called "mushy middle."  

    Thanks for the info.

    Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket. Eric Hoffer

    by LynChi on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 01:03:58 PM PDT

    •  Also surprised. Quigley is my ... (2+ / 0-)
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      CoyoteMarti, LynChi

      congress critter. He's very quiet but has been in a place I'm very comfortable with on most every issue I've followed. And I don't consider myself a mushy liberal. So it makes me wonder. I'm not saying I haven't missed something.

      I really must find a good sig line!

      by Rileycat on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 01:20:46 PM PDT

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      •  Quigley also seems exceptionally connected (1+ / 0-)
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        to his constituents (I'm down here in the 11th) and does just incredible work for other Dems. He and some of his staff actually showed up the weekend before the election to stomp for us.

        “It has to have fire, or I won’t do it” – Angeles Arrien from Get Real! Wise Women Speak

        by CoyoteMarti on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 03:54:56 PM PDT

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      •  Quigley (0+ / 0-)

        In general Quigley has been liberal to progressive on social issues and the wars, but moderate conservative to conservative on economic issues.  

        Given the current economic decline that even middle class people face, progressives need to be progressives on economic issues such as protect social security and medicare, progressive income tax, state development banks, reinstate the Glass Steagal act and such.


        Bill Bianchi

  •  This barely makes any sense (5+ / 0-)

    I cannot figure out what hey are being rated on — there have been so few actual straightforward votes this year, hank you , John Boehner — plus it seems like he bar to be considered "progressive" is set so astronomically high, no one could meet it.

    The site isn't really upfront about who hey are but from the articles posted it seems like they are flame-throwing purity progressives. They ranked my reliably progressive congresswoman a "69" and call her a "moderate" progressive. That's total hooey. So I have to think ALL these ratings are way off.

    Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

    by anastasia p on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 01:10:09 PM PDT

    •  I tend to agree. (2+ / 0-)
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      DownstateDemocrat, CoyoteMarti

      Some ratings make sense and others not so much.

      I really must find a good sig line!

      by Rileycat on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 01:21:40 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Sort of like one group of ratings... (0+ / 0-)

      ...that determined which House Democrats were the most vulnerable to primary challenges. Cheri Bustos was ranked as being more vulnerable to a primary challenge than Dan Lipinski was. I think Bustos is a sellout, but even I found that to be odd. If Lipinski is to the left of Bustos on economic issues, it's not by much, and Bustos is quite a bit to the left of Lipinski on social issues.

      Also, I would consider voting for the Amash Amendment to be a "progressive" position and voting against it to be a "conservative" position, despite the fact that the Amash Amendment was proposed by a Republican.

      I'm tend to be a strong progressive on most issues, but even these ratings are a joke. You'd almost have to be an outright socialist to get a "perfect progressive" score according to this set of ratings, and I'm certainly NOT an outright socialist.

      My parents made me a Democrat. Scott Walker made me a progressive.

      by DownstateDemocrat on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 02:43:41 PM PDT

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  •  Thoughts on the rankings (1+ / 0-)
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    The rankings were derived from only 19 votes:

    I would like to be able to see how each person voted on each of those 19.

    Shouldn't the two scores add up to near 100%?  If, for each of the 19, there is a liberal position and a conservative position, shouldn't the total of the scores be 100% and only the liberal total matter?

  •  I'm in Foster's district. (0+ / 0-)

    Some of his votes on final bills I haven't agreed with (and have vocally told him so), but he is rabidly pro-immigration reform, pro-science, pro-minimum wage increase, pro-health care reform (actually favoring single payer if that becomes possible) and is pushing these on the ground in the district as well as in DC. So until he does something outrageous I would volunteer and vote for him again. So I would say don't take numbers at face value if you haven't studied the details.

    “It has to have fire, or I won’t do it” – Angeles Arrien from Get Real! Wise Women Speak

    by CoyoteMarti on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 03:50:53 PM PDT

  •  John Shimkus is our "Representative." (0+ / 0-)

       I signed up for his e-mail newsletter. I am a Democratic precinct committeeman. The most recent newsletter goes on about companies cutting the hours of workers, account of the ACA...

       I was thinking to mebbe write a LTE, saying that for once I agree with Congressman Shimkus, how rotten of the employers to do that... Especially now, with the DJIA in or near record territory, business flush with cash, and profits through the roof, they still screw their employees!

       Thank you John, for alerting us to this....

    Compost for a greener piles?

    by Hoghead99 on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 07:07:40 PM PDT

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