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Is an Experienced Illinois State Representative More Effective?

Does the length of time a representative serves in Springfield make them a more effective legislator?

How effective is your Illinois state representative?

And if your state rep has been in office for multiple terms, has he or she become more effective?

Thanks to the national legislative tracking platform, TrackBill, we’ve put together a graphic that measures representatives’ performance in terms of number of bills they’ve passed over the past five Illinois General Assemblies, from the 93rd (2003-2004) to the current session.

Select a name from the drop-down menu and you’ll see the number of bills a legislator has passed during each session he or she has served, along with the total number of years served in the House.

Of course, the representative who has served the longest is House Speaker Michael Madigan. The long-time legislative leader had quite an eventful week in Springfield. Find out about it here.

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Bernard Johnson May 25, 2014 at 10:52 AM
The best legislature in Illinois is one that's not in session. If the Founding Fathers and drafters of the assorted state's constitutions failed in any respect the one THING they never envisioned was a professional politician! Whether on the federal, state, county, township or municipal level, government needs to be limited [not eliminated, but, limited]. This means term limits, to start with. The longer one is in office the more empire building that takes place and 'seniority' under the current system brings disproportionate 'clout.' Dynastic families in Illinois have wrecked havoc on the democratic process: the Daley's, Cullerton's, Madigan's, etc. Overlapping adminisrative entities in Illinois desperately need to be eliminated {water, sanitation, school-boards, etc}, Townships should be eliminated - they're antiquated concepts and have outgrown/outlasted any justification for their existence. Taxing-authorities must be shrunk! Illinois has the most taxing-authorities of any state in the Union - nearly 7,000; some states have under 100. In short, we've entirely too much government in Illinois. Volume certainly doesn't equate to quality and bigger - in this instance, isn't better! While we certainly need and want government, we also need and want far less of it, and what we do need is both efficiency and transparency. Consolidate government, abandon defined-benefit pension plans for public employees, streamline adminisration and taxing-authorities, and both impose term-limits and prohibit patronage. While we're at it, combine all public transportation in the state under one administrative entity and forget about both an airport in Peotone and/or the Illiana-highway. Only through profound shrinkage of what passes as 'government' in Illinois can we hope to avoid this state becoming one big Detroit. We need well educated and independent managers, along with a well educated civil service. Out with the hacks and in with the professional administrators. Also, shorten the legislative sessions. We might even make 'our' elected positions part-time. Say, while we're at it; how about making double and/or triple-dipping illegal and preclude those 'working' in elected office from having outside jobs at the same time? You know, folks like Mike Madigan - who acts not only as Speaker of the House in Illinois, but, has a profoundly lucrative law practice for real-estate tax appeals. I mean, what's up with that!
Jim May 25, 2014 at 12:02 PM
Fortunatel, my wife and I have decided to leave Illinois after 70 years here. Enough is enough. I hope that the crooks will be happy stewing in their own juices. They took a graet state and turned into a cesspool of incompetence and corruption. Good luck.
Jacob Matthews May 25, 2014 at 09:35 PM
Bernard, wow, why don't you run for office. Yes, you are correct.too much power in all the wrong places. Mt Greenwoods 19th ward put an alcoholic in office so they could get Madigans legislature rubber stamped by Fran Hurley and Bill Cunningham. Matt O'Shea didn't WIN an election, he was voted into a job no one else wanted. He poured free whiskey and banged a shot glass with every cop in the 22nd district and they put him office to "overlook" what they do. Fireman raping women at parties. State reps bragging about molesting six year olds, lawyers mastubrbating in parking lots but alderman Matt O'Shea only "sees" what he is told to see. He public ally discriminates, forms vigilante justice and utilizes social media to validate his lies. The entire system is corrupt and you are correct in every word you wrote. These are career, corrupt, self elected Criminals who have no accountability.
Mark Calonder May 26, 2014 at 09:36 AM
I think we all see the same problems; if we, the people, stick together, we can make it a better place: start here--check my honest, non-PC run for office of State Rep: www.facebook.com/calonderforil10thdistrict You will be pleasantly surprised.
Dan Cox May 26, 2014 at 09:52 AM
10th District the most Progressive Liberal / Socialist District in the state! All I hear out of these people is "Gun-Control". Not a single word about how we can work towards resolving our budget crisis and get Illinois heading in the right direction.

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