SPRINGFIELD - With few votes to spare, the Equal Rights Amendment passed the Illinois Senate Thursday afternoon, just a day after it passed committee.
There were no ERA activists spelling legislators' names in pig blood on the Capitol rotunda floor as there were in 1972. Neither was conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly, soon to be 90 years old, on hand leading the charge in opposition.
And despite the Senate Democrats' super-majority, the 39 yes, 11 no, and 6 present votes were not along party lines. Two Republicans - Minority Leader Christine Radogno and State Senator Kirk Dillard helped to provide the needed 36 votes.
Dillard's vote surprised observers, as he was endorsed in the 2014 Republican gubernatorial primary by Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly, who has fought the ERA since the early 1970s.
Three Republican women - Senators Karen McConnaughay, Pamela Althoff and Sue Rezin - voted "Present," as did two Democrats - Haine and Landek - and one Republican male, Senator Dave Syverson.
The resolution will proceed to the Illinois House, where it may have a more difficult time gathering the needed three-fifths vote.
The Senate roll call is below: