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Bailey fails to make the grade with American Conservative Union

Tuesday, Sep 14, 2021

* Press release…

The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) launched a new platform to hold lawmakers accountable to conservative principles for the 50th Anniversary of ACU’s Ratings Program. The ACUF, host of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) will deploy the platform to its activist base, where tools such as the lawmaker comparison function highlights to voters which conservative champions to rally behind.

View the Scorecard of Illinois State Lawmakers Here

Sen. Craig Wilcox (94%) will be presented with ACUF’s Award for Conservative Excellence for earning a score above 90%.

The following lawmakers will be presented with ACUF’s Award for Conservative Achievement for earning scores 80% and above [for 2020]: Sen. Sue Rezin (85%), Sen. Steve McClure (83%), Sen. Jason Plummer (83%), Sen. Jason Brickman (81%), Rep. Thomas Morrison (81%), Sen. Dan McConchie (81%), Sen. Jil Tracy (80%), Sen. Dale Flower (80%) and Rep. Jeff Keicher (80%).

“Our new ACU Ratings website offers an accessible and dynamic way for voters across the country to discover whether their lawmakers use their power to advance conservative principles,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. “Over our 50-year history, we’ve compiled 15,000 lawmakers in our database and scored them across 186 different policy areas. For the first time, voters have access to a huge breadth of information that offers a distinct impression of the way lawmakers view the role of government in a person’s life.”

ACUF’s Ratings of Congress and Ratings of the States are initiatives of ACUF’s Center for Legislative Accountability (CLA). These ratings are designed to reflect how over 8,000 elected officials across the nation view the role of government while illustrating the differences between chambers of the legislature and revealing lawmakers’ positions across 186 policy areas that directly affect citizens.

ACU Foundation reviewed each piece of legislation voted on in both chambers of the legislature to produce average scores of each chamber as well as individual scores for each sitting member.

* Sen. Darren Bailey isn’t on the list because his 2020 score was 74 percent, although his 2019 rating was 88 percent. He was in the House in 2020 and 2019, and here is how he voted against the ACUF’s agenda (with explanations in brackets)

* SB54: “Deregulating the Alcoholic Beverage Industry by Permitting the Delivery of Alcoholic Drinks.” [Repealed a ‘blue law’ so the Eastern Bloc voted against it.]

* HB1559: “Empowering the Chicago Teachers Union to Dictate the Length of the School Day and Year.” [Matched Chicago collective bargaining rights to everywhere else and only 3 House GOPs voted against it]

* SB1864: “Proliferating Government Dependency by Weakening Medicaid Integrity Provisions.” [Passed House unanimously]

* HB2455: “Raising Employer Costs by Abusing Worker’s Compensation.” [Only 2 HGOPs voted no]

* HB3902: “Expanding Cronyism through a Sales Tax Exemption for Aircraft Equipment.” [Near unanimous override of Pritzker veto]

- Posted by Rich Miller        

17 Comments »
  1. - Arsenal - Tuesday, Sep 14, 21 @ 12:59 pm:

    Seems like a lot of the stuff they’re dinging him for are those economic conservative things that the base doesn’t really care much about anymore.


  2. - Blue Dog - Tuesday, Sep 14, 21 @ 1:01 pm:

    If, as it has been posted many times, the Bailey farm has been the recipient of farm subsidies (and god forbid PPP), he could never consider himself a conservative. Well Mr. Bailey? Have you?


  3. - Google Is Your Friend - Tuesday, Sep 14, 21 @ 1:10 pm:

    - Blue Dog - Tuesday, Sep 14, 21 @ 1:01 pm:

    $2.3 million

    https://www.wbez.org/stories/darren-bailey-fought-illinois-stay-at-home-orders/a9610f4b-9219-4612-81a5-bcdd9c6d2110


  4. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Sep 14, 21 @ 1:15 pm:

    After Trump, after Rauner, the idea of “conservative” in any discussion begins and ends with the definition, sure, but it’s interpretations now in “Republican cult” thinking too.

    Alternative facts, notwithstanding…


  5. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Sep 14, 21 @ 1:32 pm:

    Snark at 18.4%…

    Bailey is kinda of a…

    …“new wave evangelic (slash) libertarian” who denies science and cites the constitution for freedoms he feels are being trampled but judges disagree.

    In actuality, “conservative” might be “too restrictive”?


  6. - JoanP - Tuesday, Sep 14, 21 @ 1:34 pm:

    = Deregulating the Alcoholic Beverage Industry by Permitting the Delivery of Alcoholic Drinks.” =

    I thought conservatives *favored* deregulation.


  7. - Lake Villa Township - Tuesday, Sep 14, 21 @ 1:34 pm:

    Hope Wilcox loses in 2022


  8. - low level - Tuesday, Sep 14, 21 @ 1:35 pm:

    So they wanted aircraft parts to be taxed? I really wish they”d make up their minds…


  9. - Joe Bidenopolous - Tuesday, Sep 14, 21 @ 1:37 pm:

    No kidding.

    Gonna need some more popcorn


  10. - Blue Dog - Tuesday, Sep 14, 21 @ 1:53 pm:

    I really believe JB is going to secretly fund Bailey through he primary. This guy would lose the governors race to Blago.


  11. - North Park - Tuesday, Sep 14, 21 @ 2:08 pm:

    ==I really believe JB is going to secretly fund Bailey through he primary.==

    Goodness, he better not. I stopped hoping for “weak” opponents after 2016.


  12. - Ducky LaMoore - Tuesday, Sep 14, 21 @ 2:08 pm:

    “I really believe JB is going to secretly fund Bailey through he primary.”

    Why would he do that? All the front-runners for the nomination are crackpots.


  13. - Energy stan - Tuesday, Sep 14, 21 @ 3:01 pm:

    How’s that corn straw poll looking now, Bailey?


  14. - Blue Dog - Tuesday, Sep 14, 21 @ 4:46 pm:

    …are crackpots. Including JB.


  15. - Bruce( no not him) - Tuesday, Sep 14, 21 @ 4:47 pm:

    I am unable to keep up with the definition of “conservative” It seems to have changed a bit in the last few years.


  16. - TheInvisibleMan - Tuesday, Sep 14, 21 @ 5:24 pm:

    Bailey at 74% and Batinick at 71%.

    I find it incredibly hard to believe those two are anywhere close to each other in ideology.


  17. - Eastern Bloc Gulag - Wednesday, Sep 15, 21 @ 11:37 am:

    ACUF has Matt Schlapp as it’s Chair.

    Wonder what score they would have given Trump? Schlapp carries his water all day long on Twitter, but Trump is no conservative.

    hard to take anything that Schlapp is involved with seriously.


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