Illinois Smokers' Rights Election Archive

Disclaimer and declaration of opposition: Don't mistake this page for the incompetents and traitors of the so-called Illinois Smokers' Rights group, who have sold out smokers every step of the way by letting the anti-smokers set the discussion agenda, endorsing their scientific fraud, and covered up their corruption. They follow the anti-smoker-approved Philip Morris strategy for defeat, by merely sniveling about "unsupported and unresolved scientific claims taken from inconclusive studies." (Over 2.8 Million Residents Reject Smoke Free Illinois Act - SB 500. Illinois Smokers' Rights Press Release, May 17, 2007.) There is far more to be said on smokers' behalf than that, and anyone who refuses to do so is no defender! ISR's history is only the anti-smokers' phony history, which omits those who pull the strings behind the scenes. They peddle air filters, which squander business owners' funds while implicitly pandering to the anti-smoker junk science of chemical carcinogenesis. They even nurture ignoramuses who lie that "there is no known cause for any type of cancer," which fails miserably as a refutation of anti-smoker claims while simultaneous impugning the vindicating evidence for our side! (The Ten Biggest Lies about Smoke & Smoking. By Robert Hayes Halfpenny, 2005.) With friends like this, we don't need enemies. And, if Illinois Smokers' Rights would like an even stronger disclaimer, I will be happy to lambast them some more!

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Legislation / Illinois General Assembly

SB0500, the 2007 Statewide Smoking Ban (The Smoke Free Illinois Act)

Passed Senate 3/29/2007, 34 yeas, 23 nays, 1 present; passed House 5/1/2007, 73 yeas, 42 nays, 1 present; Governor approved 7/23/2007. The gibbering, slobbering, filth of the planet earth simply opened their subhuman mouths and spewed lies and defamations - and, and thanks to decades of media lies and suppression, nobody even questioned them! "Secondhand tobacco smoke causes at least 65,000 deaths each year from heart disease and lung cancer according to the National Cancer Institute." Filthy liars! In fact, death rates from heart disease have declined since the 1960s, long before there were any smoking bans, and they declined equally among smokers and non-smokers. The stupid baboons aren't even accurate in who they attribute the statistics to - the pretended 50,000 heart disease deaths from secondhand smoke came from anti-smoking demagogue Stanton A. Glantz slapping an EPA cover over his own report, which had not been approved by the EPA, and pretending that it had been. Not to mention that the National Cancer Institute has no expertise whatsoever in cardiovascular disease, but this is the kind of scientific "subtlety" that the anti-smoking subhumans consider irrelevant. As for their phony ETS and lung cancer claims, these have been concocted by a single corrupt clique of conspirators, at various times in the name of the Surgeon General (a political appointee who may not even be involved, e.g., C. Everett Koop); in the name of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; in the name of the National Academy of Sciences; in the name of the International Agency for Research on Cancer; and even in the ASHRAE report. This is to create the illusion of "independence," when in fact one central conspirator, Dr. Jonathan M. Samet, and his usual gang of accomplices, have been ringleaders of all of them. In fact, the so-called "EPA" report on ETS was written by handpicked anti-smoker stooges (friends of Samet, one of whom smugly confessed), using illegal pass-through contracts to conceal their role. The EPA's own scientists, the real scientists, were against calling ETS a human carcinogen! Furthermore, on the board of directors of the corrupt EPA contractor sat Frederic V. Malek, a Chicago native who was Campaign Manager of the Bush-Quayle campaign in 1992, the year before the report was released, and a business partner of George W. Bush in the Texas Rangers - as well as a bigshot Democrat to ensure that the coverup was bipartisan! Illinois sure has a lot to be proud of! Furthermore, and the most damningly, there are over ten times more lung cancers caused by human papillomaviruses than the anti-smokers pretend are caused by secondhand smoke, so the anti-smokers are automatically guilty of scientific wrongdoing for ignoring them. In fact, the anti-smokers' crooked studies (every one of which ignores the role of infection) are designed to falsely blame smoking for those lung cancers, simply because smokers and passive smokers are more likely to have been exposed to HPV. And the anti-smoking charlatans have committed the same fraud of using defective studies in all of the diseases those malicious ranters blame on smoking and secondhand smoke, including stroke, sudden infant death syndrome, low-birth-weight in infants, asthma and exacerbation of asthma [the author of the EPA report chapters doesn't even believe the garbage that he wrote any more], etc. "The General Assembly also finds that the United States Surgeon General's 2006 report has determined that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke; the scientific evidence that secondhand smoke causes serious diseases, including lung cancer, heart disease, and respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis and asthma, is massive and conclusive; separating smokers from nonsmokers, cleaning the air, and ventilating buildings cannot eliminate secondhand smoke exposure," blah blah blah! Anybody who can believe such a pile of lies is a menace to humanity who should be exterminated from the face of the earth! And don't fail to note that the scum of the Democratic Party, who rode to power in the witless stampede of angry reaction to the lies of George W. Bush and his cronies about Iraq, have no qualms about believing the lies of George W. Bush and his cronies when they're rationalizing an unjustified war of aggression against their fellow citizens!

Bill Status of SB0500 / Illinois General Assembly

HB0556 - Proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike (2008)

Passed House 4/20/2007, 109 yeas, 0 nays, 0 present; passed Senate, 8/9/2007, 34 yeas, 24 nays, 0 present; Final Action Deadline Extended-9(b) January 10, 2008 (1-4-08). 11/30/2007 House Final Action Deadline Extended-9(b) January 10, 2008; 1/10/2008 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

Bill Status of HB0556 / Illinois General Assembly

"HB 556, as amended, would increase the state tax on cigarettes from 98 cents to $1.88 per pack, an increase of 90 cents. Of the $352 million in new revenue, $250 million would be dedicated to a pension stabilization fund while an additional $100 million (to be matched by $100 million in federal funds) will fund the new Health Care Provider Relief Fund to help pay down the debt owed to health care providers. Twenty-six new auditors will be hired at the Department of Revenue with the final $2 million in order to help stop illegal cigarette trafficking. [at the request of DuPage County Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom] Each county board in the five collar counties [DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will] would be allowed to impose a new $1 tax per pack to raise local revenue without going to the voters with a referendum." (Springfield Highlights, Aug. 10, 2007. Illinois Manufacturers' Association.)

HB1455 (2008) / HB5365 (2008) / SB1701 (2007) - Outlaw Flavored Cigarettes

HB1455: Sales or distribution of flavored tobacco products would be a Class C misdemeanor. 1/10/2008 House Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

Bill Status of HB1455 / Illinois General Assembly

HB5365: Sales or distribution of flavored tobacco products would be a Class C misdemeanor. 2/14/2008 House Referred to Rules Committee. The only sponsor as of this date was Karen A. Yarbrough.

Bill Status of HB5365 / Illinois General Assembly

SB1701: Sales or distribution of flavored tobacco products would be a Class C misdemeanor. 12/3/2007 Senate Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b) / Referred to Rules.

Bill Status of SB1701 / Illinois General Assembly

HB1921 - Disposable Lighter Surcharge (2007)

HB1921 would have imposed a 25 cent tax on disposable lighters. 10/25/2007 House Total Veto Stands - No Positive Action Taken.

HB4104 (2008) - Limited Smoking Ban Exemptions

HB4104: "If and only if Senate Bill 500 [the Smoke Free Illinois Act] becomes law, then amends the Smoke Free Illinois Act to provide that smoking is allowed in a private club that has been in active and continuous existence prior to January 1, 2008, whether incorporated or not, and that can provide written documentation that three-fifths of its active members approve of smoking on the club's premises." Also include bars with less than 10% revenue from food; gambling riverboats; and tobacco-related convention sites. 2/20/2008 House Remains in Environmental Health Committee. Only two sponsors to date.

Bill Status of HB4104 / Illinois General Assembly

HB5090 - Prohibits Tobacco in Prisons

"Provides that the possession of tobacco products by inmates and the delivery of such tobacco products to inmates in penal institutions are prohibited. Provides that a violation is a petty offense for which a fine not exceeding $250 may be imposed." 2/14/2008 House Referred to Rules Committee. Only one sponsor to date (LaVia).

Bill Status of HB5090 / Illinois General Assembly

HB5363 / SB2546 / SB2825 - To Outlaw Cigarette Sales in Vending Machines (2008)

HB5363 "Eliminates provisions that permit tobacco vending machines in: (1) factories, businesses, offices, private clubs, and other places not open to the general public; (2) places where alcoholic beverages are sold and consumed on the premises; and (3) places where the vending machine is under the direct supervision of the owner of the establishment or an employee over 18 years of age." 2/14/2008 House Referred to Rules Committee. Only 3 sponsors to date. 2/15/2008 Senate Referred to Rules.

Bill Status of HB5363 / Illinois General Assembly

SB2546 "Eliminates provisions that permit tobacco vending machines in: (1) factories, businesses, offices, private clubs, and other places not open to the general public; (2) places where alcoholic beverages are sold and consumed on the premises; and (3) places where the vending machine is under the direct supervision of the owner of the establishment or an employee over 18 years of age." 2/15/2008 Senate Referred to Rules. Only one sponsor to date.

Bill Status of SB2546 / Illinois General Assembly

SB2825 "Eliminates provisions that permit tobacco vending machines in: (1) factories, businesses, offices, private clubs, and other places not open to the general public; (2) places where alcoholic beverages are sold and consumed on the premises; and (3) places where the vending machine is under the direct supervision of the owner of the establishment or an employee over 18 years of age." Only one sponsor to date.

Bill Status of SB2825 / Illinois General Assembly

HB5721 - Repeal Smoke Free Illinois Act

"Repeals the Smoke Free Illinois Act. Effective immediately." 2/15/2008 House Referred to Rules Committee. Only one sponsor to date (Cultra).

Bill Status of HB5721 / Illinois General Assembly

Lobbyists

Secretary of State, Index Department Lobbyist List. Registrants as of September 05, 2007.

Lobbyist List / Cyberdrive Illinois

Illinois State Senators - 37 Democrats, 22 Republicans

Illinois State Senators / Illinois General Assembly

Senate District 1 - Antonio Munoz, D-Chicago, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He got $550 from Pfizer in 2005-2006.

Senate District 2 - William Delgado, D-Chicago, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. He was an alternate Senate sponsor of HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, and voted for it in '07. Delgado was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 3 - Mattie Hunter, R-Chicago, got $1250 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Hunter sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. Hunter voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike; and was a sponsor of SB1701, to outlaw flavored cigarettes, in '07. Hunter also introduced SB0552, "Creates the Office of Healthy Lifestyles within the Department of Public Health. Sets out the goals and duties of the Office of Healthy Lifestyles. Effective immediately." It was assigned to the Public Health Committee but re-referred to the Rules Committee, 3/16/2007. Hunter was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 4 - Kimberly A. Lightford, D-Westchester, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. She got $150 from Pfizer in 2005-2006.

Senate District 5 - Rickey R. Hendon, D-Chicago, Assistant Majority Leader, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Hendon was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 6 - John J. Cullerton, D-Chicago, Majority Caucus Whip, got $4500 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. He sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. He was a co-sponsor of HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, and voted for it; and was a sponsor of SB1701, to outlaw flavored cigarettes, in '07. He was a sponsor of HB0556 in '08. Cullerton was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 7 - Carol Ronen, D-Chicago, sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. She was a co-sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. She was a sponsor of HB0556 in '08. Steans (D) defeated Durkin (G) in 2008.

Senate District 8 - Ira I. Silverstein, D-Chicago, sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. He was a chief alternate Senate sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He got $500 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. He was a sponsor of HB0556 again, and of HB1455, to outlaw flavored cigarettes, in '08. Silverstein was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 9 - Jeffrey M. Schoenberg, D-Evanston, sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. He was a co-sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He got $2500 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. He was a sponsor of HB0556 in '08. Brendan Appel (R) is his opponent in 2008. Schoenberg was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 10 - James A. DeLeo, D-Chicago, Assistant Majority Leader, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He got $750 from Pfizer in 2005-2006.

Senate District 11 - Louis S. Viverito, D-Burbank, Assistant Majority Leader, sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Viverito was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 12 - Martin A. Sandoval, D-Cicero, sponsored SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act, but voted "present" on it. He voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Sandoval was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 13 - Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. He was a co-sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He got $500 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. He was a sponsor of HB0556 in '08.

Senate District 14 - Emil Jones, Jr., D-Chicago, President of the Senate, no vote on SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. He voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He got $1000 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Jones was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 15 - James T. Meeks, D-Calumet City, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike; and was a sponsor of SB1701, to outlaw flavored cigarettes, in '07. Meeks was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 16 - Jacqueline Y. Collins, D-Chicago. "Studied journalism at Northwestern University; MA from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government [a hotbed of anti-smoking]... Former Emmy Award-nominated news editor at CBS-TV in Chicago... 2001 Legislative Fellow with United States Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton." She sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. She was the chief Senate sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike; and was a sponsor of SB1701, to outlaw flavored cigarettes, in '07. She was a sponsor of HB0556 again; and of SB2825, to outlaw cigarette sales in vending machines, in '08.

Senate District 17 - Donne E. Trotter, D-Chicago, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Trotter got $3500 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Trotter was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 18 - Edward D. Maloney, D-Chicago, sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He was a sponsor of HB1455, to outlaw flavored cigarettes, in '08. Maloney was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 19 - M. Maggie Crotty, D-Oak Forest, "Outstanding Freshman Legislator, Illinois Health Care Association, 1997." She voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. She got $750 from Pfizer in 2005-2006.

Senate District 20 - Iris Y. Martinez, D-Chicago, Assistant Majority Leader, sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. She was a co-sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. She was a sponsor of HB0556 in '08. Martinez was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 21 - Dan Cronin, R-Lombard, sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. He voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Cronin was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 22 - Michael Noland, D-Elgin, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He was a sponsor of HB1455, to outlaw flavored cigarettes, in '08.

Senate District 23 - Carole Pankau, R-Bloomingdale, sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. She was a chief co-sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Pankau was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 24 - Kirk W. Dillard, R-Westmont, Minority Whip, "former Chief of Staff for former Governor Jim Edgar and Director of Legislative Affairs for former Governor James R. Thompson." He voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted against HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He got $750 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Dillard was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 25 - Chris Lauzen, R-Aurora, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and against HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07.

Senate District 26 - William E. Peterson, R-Buffalo Grove, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted against HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Dan Duffy (R) defeated Gentes (D) in 2008.

Senate District 27 - Matt Murphy, R-Palatine, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted against HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Murphy was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 28 - John J. Millner, R-Bloomingdale, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. He was a chief alternate Senate sponsor of but voted against HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07.

Senate District 29 - Susan Garrett, D-Highwood, sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Garrett was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 30 - Terry Link, D-Lake Bluff, Majority Caucus Chair, sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. Link was a co-sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Link got $2000 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. He was a sponsor of HB0556 in '08. Link defeated Keith Gray (R) in 2008.

Senate District 31 - Michael Bond, D-Grayslake, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted against HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07.

Senate District 32 - Pamela J. Althoff, R-Crystal Lake, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act, and against HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. She got $1000 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Althoff was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 33 - Dan Kotowski, D-Mt. Prospect, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, '07. Kotowski defeated Mike Sweeney (R) in 2008.

Senate District 34 - Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted against HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, '07.

Senate District 35 - J. Bradley Burzynski, R-Sycamore, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted against HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Burzynski was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 36 - Mike Jacobs, D-Moline, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted against HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He got $250 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Mike Bertelson is his Republican opponent in 2008. Jacobs was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 37 - Dale E. Risinger, R-Peoria, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted against HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in 07. He was a sponsor of HB1455, to outlaw flavored cigarettes, in '08.

Senate District 38 - Gary G. Dahl, R-Peru, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted against HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Dahl was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 39 -Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. He was a co-sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He got $250 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. He was a sponsor of HB0556 in '08. Harmon was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 40 - Debbie DeFrancesco Halvorson, D-Chicago Heights, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. She got $250 from Pfizer in 2005-2006.

Senate District 41 - Christine Radogno, R-Lemont, Deputy Minority Leader, sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike; and was a sponsor of SB1701, to outlaw flavored cigarettes, in '07. Radogno was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 42 - Linda Holmes, D-Plainfield, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Terri Ann Wintermute is her Republican opponent in 2008. Holmes was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 43 - A. J. Wilhelmi, D-Crest Hill, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07.

Senate District 44 - Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted against HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike; but was a sponsor of HB1921, 25 cent tax on disposable lighters, in '07. Brady was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 45 - Todd Sieben, R-Geneseo, Assistant Minority Leader, sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. He had "no vote" on HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Bivins (R) defeated Mulcahey (D) in 2008.

Senate District 46 - David Koehler, D-Pekin, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07.

Senate District 47 - John M. Sullivan, D-Quincy, Majority Caucus Whip, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted against HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Sullivan was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 48 - Randall M. Hultgren, R-Wheaton, sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. He voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He got $250 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Hultgren was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 49 - Deanna Demuzio, D-Carlinville, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07.

Senate District 50 - Larry K. Bomke, R-Springfield, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted against HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike; and was a sponsor of SB1701, to outlaw flavored cigarettes, in '07. Bomke was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 51 - Frank C. Watson, R-Greenville, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted against HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He got $450 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Watson was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 52 - Michael W. Frerichs, D-Champaign, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted against HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07.

Senate District 53 - Dan Rutherford, R-Pontiac, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted against HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He got $250 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Rutherford was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 54 - John O. Jones, R-Mt. Vernon, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted against HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Jones was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 55 - Dale A. Righter, R-Mattoon, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted against HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He got $1250 from Pfizer in 2005-2006.

Senate District 56 - William R. Haine, D-Alton, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted against HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike; but was a sponsor of HB1921, 25 cent tax on disposable lighters, in '07. Haine was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 57 - James F. Clayborne, Jr., D-East St. Louis, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and against HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He got $1500 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. He was a sponsor of SB2546, to outlaw cigarette sales in vending machines. Clayborne was re-elected in 2008.

Senate District 58 - David Luechtefeld, R-Okawville, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted against HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07.

Senate District 59 - Gary Forby, D-Benton, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted against HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Ken Burzynski is his Republican opponent in 2008. Forby was re-elected in 2008.

Illinois State Representatives - 67 Democrats, 51 Republicans

Illinois State Representatives / Illinois General Assembly

House District 1 - Susana A Mendoza, D-Chicago, excused absence on SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. She was a chief co-sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. She got $500 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. She was a sponsor of HB0556 in '08. Mendoza was re-elected in 2008.

House District 2 - Edward J. Acevedo, D-Chicago, Assistant Majority Leader, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He got $500 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Acevedo was re-elected in 2008.

House District 3 - Luis Arroyo, D-Chicago. Board Member for McCormick-Tribune YMCA. Voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He was a sponsor of HB1455, to outlaw flavored cigarettes, in '08. Arroyo was re-elected in 2008.

House District 4 - Cynthia Soto, D-Chicago, co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Soto was re-elected in 2008.

House District 5 - Kenneth Dunkin, D-Chicago, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike; and was a sponsor of HB1921, 25 cent tax on disposable lighters, in '07. Dunkin was re-elected in 2008.

House District 6 - Esther Golar, D-Chicago, co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Golar was re-elected in 2008.

House District 7 - Karen A. Yarbrough, D-Broadview (Cook County), co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. She got $750 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. She was a sponsor of HB1455, to outlaw flavored cigarettes, in '08. Yarbrough was re-elected in 2008.

House District 8 - LaShawn K. Ford, D-Chicago. Ford voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act, and was a sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Ford got $500 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. He was a sponsor of HB0556 in '08. Ford was re-elected in 2008.

House District 9 - Arthur L. Turner, D-Chicago, Deputy Majority Leader, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. He was a sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike; and was a sponsor of HB1921, 25 cent tax on disposable lighters, in '07. He was a sponsor of HB0556 again in '08. The media filth lie in our faces to hype their "Big Tobacco" Big Lie: "The biggest recipient [of tobacco lobby money] was Rep. Art Turner (D-Chicago), who received $14,000 on Jan. 26 and later voted to advance the smoking exemption bills along with dozens of others in a single motion.... So far this year, Turner has received more tobacco money than any other lawmaker, campaign records show." However, the sponsor of the smoking exemption bill, Rep. Randy Ramey (R-Carol Stream) said he didn't think his bill "would see the light of day." (Big Tobacco targets smoking ban, tax. With $83,000, lobby seeks exemptions. By Jeffrey Meitrodt and Ashley Wiehle. Chicago Tribune, Feb. 13, 2008.) So, the headline should have been "Big Tobacco Funds Big Anti-Smokers." And, the media are pitching a fit at the mere theoretical posibility that a repeal bill might receive a hearing. Their hatred of democratic discussion is right in line with those filthy vermin's fanatical belief that no scientific dissent shall be permitted, ever. This is exactly how the dirty media slime have shoved their anti-smoking agenda down the public's throat! Turner was re-elected in 2008.

House District 10 - Annazette Collins, D-Chicago, co-sponsored SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act, and voted for it. She was a sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. She got $1500 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. She was a sponsor of HB0556 in '08. Collins was re-elected in 2008.

House District 11 - John A. Fritchey, D-Chicago, co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Fritchey was re-elected in 2008.

House District 12 - Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. She was a sponsor of HB1455, to outlaw flavored cigarettes, in '08. Feigenholtz was re-elected in 2008.

House District 13 - Greg Harris, D-Chicago. He was a member of the Environmental Health Committee in '08. Harris was re-elected in 2008.

House District 14 - Harry Osterman, D-Chicago, co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He was a sponsor of HB1455, to outlaw flavored cigarettes, in '08. Osterman was re-elected in 2008.

House District 15 - John D'Amico, D-Chicago, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. D'Amico was re-elected in 2008.

House District 16 - Lou Lang, D-Skokie (Cook County), Assistant Majority Leader, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Lang was re-elected in 2008.

House District 17 - Elizabeth Coulson, R- Glenview, "Licensed Physical Therapist; ... 'Outstanding Freshman Legislator of the Year,' Illinois Health Care Association, 1997; 'Legislator of the Year', Illinois Hospital Association, 1998; 'Legislator of the Year', Illinois Academy of Physicians Assistants, 1998 & 1999. She co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. She was a sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. She got $1300 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. She was a sponsor of HB0556 again, and of HB1455, to outlaw flavored cigarettes, in '08. Coulson was re-elected in 2008.

House District 18 - Julie Hamos, D-Evanston (Cook County), co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. She was a sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. She got $1250 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. She was a member of the Environmental Health Committee in '08. Hamos was re-elected in 2008.

House District 19 - Joseph M. Lyons, D-Chicago, Assistant Majority Leader, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. He was a sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike; and was a sponsor of HB1921, 25 cent tax on disposable lighters, in '07. He got $250 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. He was a sponsor of HB0556 in '08. Lyons was re-elected in 2008.

House District 20 - Michael P. McAuliffe, R-Chicago, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He got $500 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. McAuliffe was re-elected in 2008.

House District 21 - Robert S. Molaro, D-Chicago, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Zalewski (D) defeated Johnson (R) and Maniotis (G) in 2008.

House District 22 - Michael J. Madigan, D-Chicago, Speaker of the House, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He received $10,000 in January from Altria. (Big Tobacco targets smoking ban, tax. With $83,000, lobby seeks exemptions. By Jeffrey Meitrodt and Ashley Wiehle. Chicago Tribune, Feb. 13, 2008.) Madigan was re-elected in 2008.

House District 23 - Daniel J. Burke, D-Chicago, co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He got $250 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. He was a sponsor of HB1455, to outlaw flavored cigarettes; and HB5363, to outlaw cigarette sales in vending machines, in '08. Burke was re-elected in 2008.

House District 24 - Elizabeth Hernandez, D-Cicero (Cook County), co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. She got $500 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Hernandez was re-elected in 2008.

House District 25 - Barbara Flynn Currie, D-Chicago, Majority Leader, co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. She was a sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. She was a sponsor of HB0556 in '08. Currie was re-elected in 2008.

House District 26 - Elga L. Jefferies, D-Chicago, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. She got $500 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Burns (D) defeated Hendricks (R) in 2008.

House District 27 - Monique D. Davis, D-Chicago, co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. She was a sponsor of HB1455, to outlaw flavored cigarettes, in '08. Davis was re-elected in 2008.

House District 28 - Robert Rita, D-Crestwood (Cook County), voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He got $500 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Rita was re-elected in 2008.

House District 29 - David E. Miller, D-Dolton (Cook County), "president of the Illinois State Dental Society's Political Action Committee; and the American Dental Association's liaison to Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. He is a Fellow of Leadership of Greater Chicago, and has received the Illinois State Dental Society's William J. Greek Memorial Leadership Award". He co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He got $250 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Miller was re-elected in 2008.

House District 30 - William Davis, D-East Hazel Crest. "Davis has been recognized as the "Legislator of the Year" by the Illinois Association of Code Enforcement, the Illinois Primary Healthcare Association." He co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. He was a chief co-sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He got $250 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. He was a sponsor of HB0556 in '08. Davis was re-elected in 2008.

House District 31 - Mary E. Flowers, D-Chicago, co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. She was a sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike; and was a sponsor of HB1921, 25 cent tax on disposable lighters, in '07. She was a sponsor of HB0556 in '08. Flowers was re-elected in 2008.

House District 32 - Milton Patterson, D-Chicago, excused absence on SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and an excused absence on HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Thapedi (D) defeated Patterson in 2008.

House District 33 - Marlow H. Colvin, D-Chicago, co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Colvin was re-elected in 2008.

House District 34 - Constance A. Howard, D-Chicago, co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. She was a sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. She was a sponsor of HB0556 in '08. Howard was re-elected in 2008.

House District 35 - Kevin Joyce, D-Worth (Cook County), co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Joyce was re-elected in 2008.

House District 36 - James D. Brosnahan, D-Oak Lawn, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Brosnahan was re-elected in 2008.

House District 37 - Kevin A. McCarthy, D-Orland Park, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He is Vice Chairman of the Environmental Health Committee in '08. McCarthy was re-elected in 2008.

House District 38 - Robin Kelly*inactive, D. Al Riley, D-Matteson (Cook County), co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. Riley was a sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He was a member of the Environmental Health Committee, and a sponsor of HB0556 in '08. Riley was re-elected in 2008.

House District 39 - Maria Antonia Berrios, D-Chicago, "Before becoming a legislator worked for the Illinois Liquor Control Commission on the Tobacco Enforcement Program. Former board member of Girl Scouts of Chicago." She voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Berrios was re-elected in 2008.

House District 40 - Richard T. Bradley, D-Chicago, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and was a sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He got $350 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. He was a sponsor of HB0556 in '08. Mell (D) defeated Nere-Foss (R) and Benno (G) in 2008.

House District 41 - Bob Biggins, R-Elmhurst, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. He was a removed co-sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Biggins was re-elected in 2008.

House District 42 - Sandra M. Pihos, R-Glen Ellyn, "American Cancer Society Regional Advocacy Partner Award (2004)." She co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Pihos was re-elected in 2008.

House District 43 - Ruth Munson, R-Elgin, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. She was a removed co-sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Farnham (D) defeated vMunson and Willman (G) in 2008.

House District 44 - Fred Crespo, D-Streamwood, co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Crespo was re-elected in 2008.

House District 45 - Franco Coladipietro, R-Bloomingdale, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. He was a removed co-sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Coladipietro was re-elected in 2008.

House District 46 - Dennis M. Reboletti, R-Addison, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. He was a removed co-sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Reboletti was re-elected in 2008.

House District 47 - Patricia R. Bellock, R-Westmont, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike; and was a sponsor of HB1921, 25 cent tax on disposable lighters, in '07. She got $1000 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. She was a member of the Environmental Health Committee in '08. Bellock was re-elected in 2008.

House District 48 - James H. Meyer, R-Naperville, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in 07. Connelly (R) defeated Heneghan (D) in 2008.

House District 49 - Timothy L. Schmitz, R-Geneva (Cook County), voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and had an excused absence on HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Schmitz was re-elected in 2008.

House District 50 - Patricia Reid Lindner, R-Sugar Grove, Assistant Republican Leader, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. She was a removed chief co-sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. She was a member of the Environmental Health Committee in '08. Hatcher (R) defeated Schneider (D) and Lezon (G) in 2008.

House District 51 - Ed Sullivan, Jr., R-Mundelein, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. He was a removed co-sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Sullivan was re-elected in 2008.

House District 52 - Mark H. Beaubien, Jr., R-Wauconda, Assistant Republican Leader, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. He was a removed co-sponsor of HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, and was absent for the vote, in '07. Beaubien was re-elected in 2008.

House District 53 - Sidney H. Mathias, R-Arlington Heights, co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike; and was a sponsor of HB1921, 25 cent tax on disposable lighters, in '07. Mathias was re-elected in 2008.

House District 54 - Suzanne Bassi, R-Palatine, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. She was a removed co-sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. She got $1000 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Bassi was re-elected in 2008.

House District 55 - Harry R. Ramey, Jr., R-West Chicago, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Ramey was re-elected in 2008.

House District 56 - Paul D. Froehlich, D-Schaumburg (Cook County), co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He was a member of the Environmental Health Committee, and a sponsor of HB5363, to outlaw cigarette sales in vending machines, in '08. Froehlich was re-elected in 2008.

House District 57 - Elaine Nekritz, D-Des Plaines, co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. She was a sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. She got $250 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. She was a member of the Environmental Health Committee, and a sponsor of HB0556 again in '08. Nekritz was re-elected in 2008.

House District 58 - Karen May, D-Highwood, co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. She was a sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. She is Chairman of the Environmental Health Committee, and a sponsor of HB0556 in '08. May was re-elected in 2008.

House District 59 - Kathleen A. Ryg, D-Vernon Hills, co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. She was a sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. She was a sponsor of HB0556 in '08. Ryg was re-elected in 2008.

House District 60 - Eddie Washington, D-Waukegan, co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and was a chief co-sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He was a sponsor of HB0556 in '08. Washington was re-elected in 2008.

House District 61 - JoAnn D. Osmond, R-Antioch, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Osmond was re-elected in 2008.

House District 62 - Sandy Cole, R-Grayslake, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. Cole was a removed co-sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Cole was re-elected in 2008.

House District 63 - Jack D. Franks, D-Woodstock, "bachelors of arts degree in science from the University of Wisconsin/Madison," voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. He was a removed co-sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike; and was a sponsor of HB1921, 25 cent tax on disposable lighters, in '07. Franks was re-elected in 2008.

House District 64 - Michael Tryon, R-Crystal Lake, "B.S. in Environmental Health Science, Indiana State University," voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He was a member of the Environmental Health Committee in '08. Tryon was re-elected in 2008.

House District 65 - Rosemary Mulligan, R-Des Plaines (Cook County), co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. She was a sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. She was a sponsor of HB0556 in '08. Mulligan was re-elected in 2008.

House District 66 - Carolyn H. Krause, R-Mount Prospect (Cook County), co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Walker (D) defeated Prochino (R) in 2008.

House District 67 - Charles E. Jefferson, D-Rockford, Majority Conference Chairperson, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Jefferson was re-elected in 2008.

House District 68 - Dave Winters, R-Rockford, Assistant Republican Leader, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He got $150 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. He was a member of the Environmental Health Committee in '08. Winters was re-elected in 2008.

House District 69 - Ronald A. Wait, R-Belvidere, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Wait was re-elected in 2008.

House District 70 - Robert W. Pritchard, R-Sycamore, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He was a member of the Environmental Health Committee in '08. Pritchard was re-elected in 2008.

House District 71 - Mike Boland, D-Moline, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike; and was a sponsor of HB1921, 25 cent tax on disposable lighters, in '07. He was a member of the Environmental Health Committee, and a sponsor of HB1455, to outlaw flavored cigarettes, in '08. Boland was re-elected in 2008.

House District 72 - Patrick J Verschoore, D-Rock Island, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Verschoore was re-elected in 2008.

House District 73 - David R. Leitch, R-Peoria, "was awarded the 1998 Nathan Davis Award as State Legislator of the Year in the U.S. by the American Medical Association... Current board service: Susan G. Komen Foundation" He voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but had an excused absence on HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Leitch was re-elected in 2008.

House District 74 - Donald L. Moffitt, R-Galesburg, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike; and was a sponsor of HB1921, 25 cent tax on disposable lighters, in '07. Moffitt was re-elected in 2008.

House District 75 - Careen M Gordon, D-Coal City, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. Gordon was a removed co-sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike; and was a sponsor of HB1921, 25 cent tax on disposable lighters, in '07. Gordon was re-elected in 2008.

House District 76 - Frank J. Mautino, D-Spring Valley, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Mautino was re-elected in 2008.

House District 77 - Angelo Saviano, R-River Grove (Cook County), voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. He was a removed co-sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He got $5500 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. He was a sponsor of HB5363, to outlaw cigarette sales in vending machines, in '08. Saviano was re-elected in 2008.

House District 78 - Deborah L. Graham, D-Oak Park (Cook County), co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. She was a sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. She was a sponsor of HB0556 in '08. Graham was re-elected in 2008.

House District 79 - Lisa M. Dugan, D-Kankakee, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. She was a removed co-sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike; and was a sponsor of HB1921, 25 cent tax on disposable lighters, in '07. Dugan was re-elected in 2008.

House District 80 - George Scully, Jr., D-Crete (Cook County), voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Scully was re-elected in 2008.

House District 81 - Renée Kosel, R-Mokena, Assistant Republican Leader, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. She got $1250 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Kosel was re-elected in 2008.

House District 82 - Jim Durkin, R-Countryside (Cook County), voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act, in '07. Durkin was re-elected in 2008.

House District 83 - Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora, voted "present" on SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. She was a removed co-sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike; and was a sponsor of HB1921, 25 cent tax on disposable lighters, in '07. She is the sponsor of HB5090, to prohibit tobacco in prisons, in '08. LaVia was re-elected in 2008.

House District 84 - Tom Cross, R-Plainfield, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. He was a removed co-sponsor of HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, who was absent on the vote, in '07. He got $3300 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Cross was re-elected in 2008.

House District 85 - Brent Hassert, R-Romeoville, Deputy Republican Leader, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. He was a removed co-sponsor of HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, but was absent on the vote, in '07. He got $1700 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Klunk-McAsey (D) defeated Hassert in 2008.

House District 86 - Jack McGuire, D-Joliet, Assistant Majority Leader, co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. He was a removed co-sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. McGuire was re-elected in 2008.

House District 87 - Bill Mitchell, R-Forsyth, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Mitchell was re-elected in 2008.

House District 88 - Dan Brady, R-Bloomington, Republican Conference Chairperson, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Brady was re-elected in 2008.

House District 89 - Jim Sacia, R-Freeport, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike; and was a sponsor of HB1921, 25 cent tax on disposable lighters, in '07. He was a member of the Environmental Health Committee in '08. Sacia was re-elected in 2008.

House District 90 - Jerry L. Mitchell, R-Rock Falls, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Mitchell was re-elected in 2008.

House District 91 - Michael K. Smith, D-Pekin, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike; and was a sponsor of HB1921, 25 cent tax on disposable lighters, in '07. Smith was re-elected in 2008.

House District 92 - Aaron Schock, R-Peoria, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He got $500 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Gordon (D) defeated Krupa (R) in 2008.

House District 93 - Jil Tracy, R-Quincy, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. She was a removed co-sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Tracy was re-elected in 2008.

House District 94 - Richard P. Myers, R-Macomb, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Myers was re-elected in 2008.

House District 95 - Mike Fortner, R-West Chicago, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. He was a removed co-sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike; and was a sponsor of HB1921, 25 cent tax on disposable lighters, in '07. Fortner was re-elected in 2008.

House District 96 - Joe Dunn, R-Naperville, co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, '07. Senger (R) defeated McGuire (D) and Witt (G) in 2008.

House District 97 - Jim Watson, R-Jacksonville, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Watson was re-elected in 2008.

House District 98 - Gary Hannig, D-Gillespie, Deputy Majority Leader, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He got $1000 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Hannig was re-elected in 2008.

House District 99 - Raymond Poe, R-Springfield, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Poe was re-elected in 2008.

House District 100 - Rich Brauer, R-Springfield, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Brauer was re-elected in 2008.

House District 101 - Robert F. Flider, D-Decatur, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Flider was re-elected in 2008.

House District 102 - Ron Stephens, R-Highland, Assistant Republican Leader, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and had an excused absence on HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Stephens was re-elected in 2008.

House District 103 - Naomi D. Jakobsson, D-Champaign, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. She was a removed co-sponsor of and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Jakobsson was re-elected in 2008.

House District 104 - William B. Black, R-Danville, Deputy Republican Leader, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. He was a removed chief co-sponsor of HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, but had an excused absence on the vote; and was a sponsor of HB1921, 25 cent tax on disposable lighters, in '07. He was a sponsor of HB4104, for limited smoking ban exemptions, in '08. "Rep. Bill Black (R-Danville), who first sought a smoking ban exemption for private clubs in May, doesn't believe any of the smokerfriendly bills will pass." (Big Tobacco targets smoking ban, tax. With $83,000, lobby seeks exemptions. By Jeffrey Meitrodt and Ashley Wiehle. Chicago Tribune, Feb. 13, 2008.) [And this is because of sniveling despiacable traitors who let the anti-smokers get away with their health lies!] Black was re-elected in 2008.

House District 105 - Shane Cultra, R-Onarga, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike; and was a sponsor of HB1921, 25 cent tax on disposable lighters, in '07. Cultra is the sponsor of HB5721, to repeal the Smoke Free Illinois Act. Cultra was re-elected in 2008.

House District 106 - Keith P. Sommer, R-Morton, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Sommer was re-elected in 2008.

House District 107 - Kurt M. Granberg, D-Mt. Vernon, Assistant Majority Leader, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Cavaletto (R) defeated Hahn (D) in 2008.

House District 108 - David Reis, R-Olney, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Reis was re-elected in 2008.

House District 109 - Roger L. Eddy, R-Hutsonville, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He was a sponsor of HB4104, limited smoking ban exemptions, in '08. Eddy was re-elected in 2008.

House District 110 - Chapin Rose, R-Charleston, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike; and was a sponsor of HB1921, 25 cent tax on disposable lighters, in '07. Rose (R) was elected in 2008.

House District 111 - Daniel V. Beiser, D-Alton, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Beiser was re-elected in 2008.

House District 112 - Jay C. Hoffman, D-Collinsville, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Hoffman was re-elected in 2008.

House District 113 - Thomas Holbrook, D-Belleville, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike; and was a sponsor of HB1921, 25 cent tax on disposable lighters, in '07. Holbrook was re-elected in 2008.

House District 114 - Wyvetter H. Younge, D-East St. Louis, co-sponsored and voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Younge was re-elected in 2008.

House District 115 - Mike Bost, R-Carbondale, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike; and was a sponsor of HB1921, 25 cent tax on disposable lighters, in '07. Bost was re-elected in 2008.

House District 116 - Dan Reitz, D-Sparta, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; but voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. He got $125 from Pfizer in 2005-2006. Reitz was re-elected in 2008.

House District 117 - John E. Bradley, D-Marion, voted against SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act. Bradley had an excused absence on HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Bradley was re-elected in 2008.

House District 118 - Brandon W. Phelps, D-Harrisburg, voted for SB0500, the Smoke Free Illinois Act; and voted for HB0556, the proposed 90 cent per pack cigarette tax hike, in '07. Phelps was re-elected in 2008.

U.S. Senate

Sen. Barack Obama, Democrat, was a co-sponsor of S-625, the Kennedy-Cornyn bill for FDA regulation of tobacco. Obama received $2,500 from Johnson & Johnson in 2006. More: The Obama Administration

Sen. Richard Durbin, Democrat, is a co-sponsor of S-625, the Kennedy-Cornyn bill for FDA regulation of tobacco; and S 1013, the Smoke Free Mothers and Babies Act. Durbin was re-elected in 2008.

S 1013, Smoke Free Mothers and Babies Act / Thomas.loc.gov

"Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Sam Brownback, R-Kan., introduced legislation to allow Medicaid to pay for anti-smoking drugs and other cessation therapy for poor women, and to allow elderly Medicare recipients access to smoking cessation counseling." (Women make up 39% of deaths caused by smoking, report finds. By Lauran Neergaard (AP). Baton Rouge Advocate, Mar. 28, 2001.)

U.S. House of Representatives

District 1, Rep. Bobby Rush, Democrat, voted for HR-1108, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco, and its successor, HR 1256 (2009). Rush received $3,000 from Johnson & Johnson, $2,000 from Eli Lilly & Co., and $2000 from Pfizer in 2005-2006.

District 2, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Democrat, voted for HR-1108, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco, and its successor, HR 1256 (2009).

District 3, Rep. Daniel Lipinski, Democrat, voted for HR-1108, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco, and its successor, HR 1256 (2009).

District 4, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, Democrat, voted for HR-1108, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco; but was Present / Not Voting on its successor, HR 1256 (2009). Gutiérrez, a smoker, is such a craven bootlicker that he thinks the U.S. Congress should surrender its jurisdiction over its own federal territory to the City Council of Washington D.C., and let them legislate a smoking ban on Congress! "We abide by their traffic laws and their parking laws, or at least most of us do," said Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., stubbing out a butt. "We should give some consideration to it. I wouldn't mind. I'll live longer." (Air is unlikely to clear in smoky halls of Congress. By Andrea Stone. USA Today, Feb. 12, 2006.)

District 5, Rep. Rahm Emanuel, Democrat, was a co-sponsor of and voted for HR-1108, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco. Emanuel won in 2008.

District 6, Rep. Peter Roskam, Republican, was a co-sponsor of and voted for HR-1108, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco, and its successor, HR 1256 (2009). He got $6000 from Pfizer in 2005-2006.

District 7, Rep. Danny Davis, Democrat, was a co-sponsor of and voted for HR-1108, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco, and its successor, HR 1256 (2009); and HR 2633, the so-called Healthy Lifestyles and Prevention (HeLP) America Act of 2007.

HR 2633, Healthy Lifestyles and Prevention (HeLP) America Act of 2007 / Thomas.loc.gov

District 8, Rep. Melissa Bean, Democrat, was a co-sponsor of and voted for HR-1108, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco, and its successor, HR 1256 (2009). Bean received $10,000 from Johnson & Johnson, $1,000 from Eli Lilly & Co., and $5000 from Pfizer in 2005-2006.

District 9, Rep. Janice Schakowsky, Democrat, was a co-sponsor of and voted for HR-1108, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco, and its successor, HR 1256 (2009).

District 10, Rep. Mark Kirk, Republican, was a co-sponsor of and voted for HR-1108, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco, and its successor, HR 1256 (2009). He got $2000 from Pfizer in 2005-2006.

District 11, Rep. Deborah Halvorson, Democrat, voted for HR-1256, FDA Regulation of tobacco. Her predecessor, Gerald Weller, Republican, was a co-sponsor of and voted for HR-1108, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco. Weller received $3,000 from Johnson & Johnson, $2,000 from Eli Lilly & Co., and $2000 from Pfizer in 2005-2006.

District 12, Rep. Jerry Costello, Democrat, was a co-sponsor of and voted for HR-1108, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco, and its successor, HR 1256 (2009).

District 13, Judy Biggert, Republican voted for HR-1108, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco, and its successor, HR 1256 (2009).. She received $1,000 from Eli Lilly & Co. and $1,000 from Pfizer in 2005-2006.

District 14, Bill Foster, Democrat, voted for HR-1108, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco, and its successor, HR 1256 (2009).

District 15, Timothy V. Johnson, Republican, voted for HR-1108, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco, and its successor, HR 1256 (2009).

District 16, Donald Manzullo, Republican, voted for HR-1108, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco, and its successor, HR 1256 (2009). He received $1,000 from Eli Lilly & Co. in 2006.

District 17, Rep. Phil Hare, Democrat, was a co-sponsor of and voted for HR-1108, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco, and its successor, HR 1256 (2009).

District 18, Rep. Aaron Schock, Republican, voted for HR-1256, FDA Regulation of Tobacco. His predecessor, Ray LaHood, Republican, was a co-sponsor of and voted for HR-1108, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco. He got $1000 from Pfizer in 2005-2006.

District 19, John Shimkus, Republican, voted for HR-1108, the Kennedy-Cornyn/Waxman bill for FDA regulation of tobacco, and its successor, HR 1256 (2009).

Pfizer PAC & Corporate Political Contributions Report 2005 – 2006 Cycle / Pfizer (pdf, 110 pp)
Pfizer funded SmokeFree Ohio in 2005-2006 - Ohio Smokers' Rights

The Media Are the Enemy!

See the media vermin GLOAT IN TRIUMPH over the Chicago smoking ban - that THEY shoved down the peoples' throats by systematically spreading lies, and covering up the anti-smokers' corruption! "We're keeping our fingers crossed that Monday will be one of those brutal and bruising Chicago winter days, with a wallop of arctic cold and a blustery snowstorm for good measure. All in the interest of shock therapy. Monday is the first day of Chicago's historic indoor smoking ban. That means smokers who holed up in a lot of public places, from condo lobbies to offices, will be forced out into the cold if they want to light up.Maybe, if the weather is really miserable, they'll think twice and try quitting instead. One of the saddest sights on a city sidewalk these days is the smokers. You see these shivering souls everywhere, huddling on the sidewalks in front of office towers, banks and amazingly, hospitals, resolutely puffing away. It's a testament to the addictive power of the habit. Many smokers--by some estimates as many as 7 in 10--want to quit. They've tried again and again. But it usually takes five to seven attempts, on average, for a smoker to uit, according to the American Lung Association. Many never make it. We hope that the new law will encourage people to try again to kick the habit. It is lethal, and it takes a huge toll not just on smokers, but their families and society.Smoking bans have swept this country. Many cities, including Minneapolis; Detroit; Corpus Christi, Texas; Birmingham, Ala.; Louisville; and Indianapolis, passed or enacted some sort of smoking ban last year, according to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. Those bans, and huge increases in the cigarette prices, have helped many discover the willpower to quit." (Editorial. A good day to quit smoking. The Chicago Tribune, Jan. 16, 2006.) No, you lying vermin - quitting smoking is kissing the media's ass! DEATH TO THE MEDIA!

The Definition of Conspiracy - Smokers need a RICO lawsuit for conspiracy, fraud and racketeering against the anti-smokers

Illinois Has Important Ties in the Secret History of Health Fascism

The Life Extension Institute - Amos Alonzo Stagg, Skull & Bones 1888, Athletic Director and football coach for the University of Chicago from 1892-1933, and Dr. Henry B. Favill, Professor Clinical Medicine, Rush Medical College, were involved in anti-smoker Irving Fisher's well-funded health fascist organization, founded in 1913 in the boardroom of the Guaranty Trust.
The Mrs. William McCormick Blair Jr. Page - The Chicago-born daughter-in-law of William McCormick Blair, Skull & Bones 1907, founder of William Blair & Co. bankers of Chicago, was a director of the Lasker Foundation, which has controlled Congressional health funding for six decades.

The Health Establishment and the Order of Skull & Bones - Skull & Bones has played key roles on both sides of the anti-smoking movement.
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