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Editorial: How they voted on ComEd

Updated: December 6, 2011 8:09AM



Did your legislator vote in your best interest? Or in ComEd’s best interest? Or are the two one and the same?

When so much money has been thrown around, you have every right to suspect the worst.

The chart below lists state legislators in the six-county Chicago area, how they voted on recent legislation that will raise electric utility rates and how much campaign cash they received since January from the electric industry, most notably ComEd and Ameren.

The bill passed in May. A second vote last month was enough to override a veto by Gov. Pat Quinn.

The trend is easy to spot — a vote with the electric industry paid off nicely.

Supporters of the “smart grid” legislation outspent opponents 4-1, with legislators who sided with ComEd taking in an average of $7,616. Opponents took home $1,420 from groups fighting the legislation, according to an analysis by the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform. The biggest winners were state legislative leaders, all four of whom supported the legislation.

To be fair, many legislators likely favored the bill on its merits, not because of ComEd cash. Though we opposed the bill, its supporters made a strong case. But when money and votes walk so lovingly hand-in-hand, who really can say? This is the corrupting power of money in politics.

Here’s how much money your legislators got from the power companies and how they voted.

Make of that what you will.

Illinois Senate

NOTE: The first letter after a legislator’s name indicates how the legislator voted on the ComEd/Ameren bill in May. The second letter is the vote to override Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto. The dollar figure represents the total of campaign contributions from the electric industry in 2011.

Legislator Comed/Ameren Override veto Campaign contributions Legislator Comed/Ameren Override veto Campaign contributions
Pamela Althoff Y Y $4,500 Ed Maloney N N $500
Annazette Collins Y Y $8,250 Iris Martinez Y Y $1,250
Jacqueline Collins P P James Meeks Y Y $11,000
M. Maggie Crotty N Y $1,500 John Millner Y Y $6,050
John Cullerton Y Y $90,750 John Mulroe P P $2,500
William Delgado Y Y $1,000 Antonio Munoz Y Y $9,600
Kirk Dillard Y Y $19,000 Matt Murphy Y Y $4,250
Dan Duffy N N Michael Noland Y Y $4,750
Susan Garrett P N Carole Pankau Y Y $6,350
Don Harmon N Y $11,500 Christine Radogno Y Y $85,650
Linda Holmes P Y $1,250 Kwame Raoul Y Y $2,500
Mattie Hunter Y Y $7,000 Ron Sandack Y Y
Toi Hutchinson Y Y $11,000 Martin Sandoval Y Y $500
Thomas Johnson Y Y Suzi Schmidt N N $1,500
Emil Jones III Y Y $1,000 Jeff Schoenberg N N $1,500
Steven Landek Y Y Ira Silverstein N N $750
Chris Lauzen N N $2,000 Heather Steans N N $750
Kimberly Lightford Y Y $5,500 Donne Trotter Y Y $6,000
Terry Link N Y $5,000 A.J.Wilhelmi Y Y $7,700

Illinois House

Legislator Comed/Ameren Override veto Campaign contributions Legislator Comed/Ameren Override veto Campaign contributions
Edward Acevedo Y Y $12,000 Renee Kosel Y Y $6,550
Luis Arroyo Y Y $4,570 Lou Lang N Y $15,500
Mark Beaubien Jr. Y * $250 Camille Lilly N N $1,500
Patricia Bellock Y Y Joseph Lyons Y Y $1,000
Maria A. Berrios Y Y Michael Madigan Y Y $58,300
Daniel Biss N N $1,000 Sidney Mathias N N
Daniel Burke Y Y $3,250 Karen May Y Y $1,500
Kelly Burke N N $200 Rita Mayfield N Y $1,250
Dena Carli Y Y Emily McAsey N N
Kelly Cassidy N N Michael McAuliffe Y Y $2,600
Linda C. LaVia Y Y $5,250 Kevin McCarthy Y Y $1,000
F. Coladipietro Y E Jack McGuire Y Y
Sandy Cole N N Deborah Mell N N
Marlow Colvin Y Y $2,000 Thomas Morrison Y Y $750
Michael Connelly Y Y $4,250 Rosemary Mulligan N N
Fred Crespo N N $2,000 M. Mussman N N
Tom Cross Y Y $105,750 Elaine Nekritz N N $2,750
W. Cunningham N N $1,000 Chris Nybo Y Y $5,500
Barbara F. Currie Y Y $5,000 JoAnn Osmond Y Y $2,250
John D’Amico N N $1,750 Sandra Pihos Y Y $1,250
Monique Davis N Y $1,000 Randy Ramey Jr. Y Y $500
William Davis Y Y $6,000 David Reboletti Y Y $2,500
Anthony DeLuca N Y Al Riley N N $1,000
K. du Buclet Y Y $1,500 Robert Rita Y Y $2,000
Kenneth Dunkin Y Y $2,000 Angelo Saviano Y Y $3,250
Keith Farnham N N $250 Timothy Schmitz Y Y $1,000
Sara Feigenholtz N N $750 Darlene Senger Y Y $1,250
Mary Flowers N Y $250 Carol Sente N N $500
La Shawn Ford N N $500 Derrick Smith Y Y $2,750
Mike Fortner Y Y $450 Keith Sommer N N
Jack Franks N Y $250.00 Cynthia Soto Y Y $3,000
Robyn Gabel Y Y Ed Sullivan Jr. Y Y $3,500
Kent Gaffney * N $1,500 Andre Thapedi P Y $3,750
Esther Golar N N Jil Tracy Y Y $2,250
Norine Hammond N N $1,900 Michael Tryon Y Y $5,750
David Harris N N Arthur Turner Y Y $2,450
Greg Harris N N P. Verschoore Y Y $10,250
E. Hernandez Y Y $3,800 Ann Williams N N $250
Constance Howard N Y Karen Yarbrough Y Y $5,750
Thaddeus Jones N Y $3,750 Mike Zalewski Y N $2,000

* Member not in Legislature at time of vote.



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