The Illinois State Senate has joined the House in passing the National Popular Vote bill into law. The bill has now passed 11 legislative chambers across the country since it was first announced in February 2006.
Key to the bill's progress has been former FairVote general counsel Dan Johnson-Weinberger and enthusiastic bill sponsors such as Sen. Kirk W. Dillard (R) and Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins (D).
Illinois, a classic spectator state, is the largest state to receive zero dollars spent in political advertising, and not a single campaign visit in 2004. In contrast, the National Popular Vote plan would make every vote equal and compel candidates to engage voters in every state.