Senate Bill 2494 went down to a preliminary defeat Wednesday, twelve votes short of the 60 needed.
One of the missing votes was teacher union-supported Democrat State Rep. Jack Franks. No voting for anything involving school choice of something like a voucher for him.
Representatives Mike Tryon and Mark Beaubien, both of who represent parts of McHenry County along with Franks, voted in support of the bill to allow students in Chicago’s worst performing and most crowded schools to transfer out and get
Never seen a roll call?
Take a look at the votes going up on the board in the Illinois House:
- Republicans: 25-23-0
- Democrats: 23-47-2
The almost 50% of Republicans voting against giving the Chicago Public School System a semblance of competition where it is demonstrable failing is a residue of former Republican House Leader Lee Daniels’ recruiting of former educators to run for vacant state rep seats Downstate.
Look at the Republicans voting “No” and you’ll find the Republicans who will vote for a massive income tax hike.
There may be an opportunity for the sponsor to call the bill for a second vote. Those living in Rep. Franks’ district might want to contact him, if the disagree with his vote.
The bill was originally proposed by the Rev. and State Senator James Meeks. To say he broke from the traditional Democratic Party position on the issue is an understatement.
Roll calls like this used to only be available to the sponsor, if the Speaker decided to provide the only copy created by the counting machine. Now, anyone with a camera can “take the record” electronically.