Pay-to-Play Bill Secures Senate Passage

The Illinois Senate this morning took up and passed HB 824, the compromise measure attacking pay-to-play in state contracting. The bill had 39 sponsors at the time of the vote and passed with 56 yeas and no nays. The roll call is attached HB824%20Pay%20to%20Play%20Senate%20Rollcall%205-23-08.pdf

The roll call is also available here.

It's worth noting that all three of the Senators who did not vote on this legislation were sponsors of the original HB 1, and their non-votes likely do not indicate opposition to this compromise. This is as close to a unanimous vote as any.

The bill now returns to the House for what we hope will be a swift concurrence.