State Senator Craig Wilcox writes the following about his missed vote:
“I broke my arm enroute to Springfield Mon and am back in McHenry preparing for surgery.
“I participated all week via BlueRoomStream videos and phone calls but that precludes me from voting on the floor, which the painkillers would also require avoiding that role.”
In any event, just like a “Present” vote, not voting has the same effect as voting “No.”
That’s because the State Constitution requires a specific number of votes to approve legislation measures.
Freshman Senator Only Republican To Not Vote No
SB1 which would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 in 2025 passed the Illinois Senate on mostly party lines.
Senator Wilcox broke with Republicans not voting against or for for the bill.