constitutional amendment http://wuis.org en Citizen Initiatives Begin Navigating Statutes, Lawsuits http://wuis.org/post/citizen-initiatives-begin-navigating-statutes-lawsuits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Even as a lawsuit could nullify them, the state board of elections has begun a tedious — but necessary — task of preparing a pair of proposed constitutional amendments for the November ballot. The two citizen initiatives aim to strip lawmakers of the power to draw their own maps and to limit their terms in office.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A dozen-or-so workers sit at tables at the board of elections building in Springfield.</span></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 22:12:06 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 24489 at http://wuis.org Citizen Initiatives Begin Navigating Statutes, Lawsuits Remap Campaign Celebrates, Even As It's Under Attack http://wuis.org/post/remap-campaign-celebrates-even-its-under-attack <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>State elections authorities are beginning to go through 37,535 sheets of paper, filled with voters' signatures. An organization trying to change how Illinois draws legislative districts dropped off the monster petition Thursday in Springfield.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The petition made its way from Chicago to Springfield in a custom-made metal box, strapped down in a semi; it took more than a dozen workers and volunteers to carefully unload it.</span></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 00:06:14 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 24242 at http://wuis.org Remap Campaign Celebrates, Even As It's Under Attack Minority Groups Courted Before Redistricting Lawsuit http://wuis.org/post/minority-groups-courted-redistricting-lawsuit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A lawsuit seeking to keep two citizen's initiatives from ever coming before voters has been filed. Although the case makes no mention of how it will affect minority voters' rights, sources say organizers took pains to reach out to ethnic groups.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two potential constitutional changes are at issue: one limiting how long legislators can be in office, the other stripping them of the power to draw their own districts.</span></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 10:11:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 24171 at http://wuis.org Minority Groups Courted Before Redistricting Lawsuit Term Limits: One Step Back, One Step Forward http://wuis.org/post/term-limits-one-step-back-one-step-forward <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Even as Democrats killed off one proposal to institute term limits in Illinois, another is moving ahead.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">First, the one that for all practical purposes is dead: it was a last minute push by Republican legislative leaders to limit the governor and other executive officers to two terms.</span></p><p>Getting rid of well-known incumbents could be a way for Republicans, who've had a hard time winning statewide office in recent years, to make inroads.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 24087 at http://wuis.org Term Limits: One Step Back, One Step Forward Madigan Vs. The Maps http://wuis.org/post/madigan-vs-maps <p>House Speaker Michael Madigan is harshly criticizing of a plan that would strip him of control over how Illinois draws its legislative maps. The group backing the change has its own harsh words for Madigan.</p><p></p><p>How legislative districts are drawn sounds wonky. And it is. But it's also really important as boundaries of a district can help determine which party will win a seat.</p><p>Because they control the General Assembly and governor's office, Democrats have largely gotten to control the map-making process in Illinois, including the most recent map, drawn in 2011.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:36:29 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 23658 at http://wuis.org Madigan Vs. The Maps Listen To State Week - April 11, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-april-11-2014 <p></p><p>This week, a discussion of a pair of constitutional amendments on the ballot this fall, the city of Chicago gets a pension overhaul, and Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner deals with an unwelcome endorsement.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:47:57 +0000 Bob Meyer 22836 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - April 11, 2014 Madigan on Voting Rights: 'We Don't Know What The Future Holds' http://wuis.org/post/madigan-voting-rights-we-dont-know-what-future-holds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois House has approved a proposal to add protections for voting rights to the Illinois Constitution.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The measure is sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan himself.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In explaining why he thinks it's necessary, he recalled the federal Voting Rights Act, and the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to "modify" parts of that law.</span></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:10:53 +0000 Brian Mackey 22627 at http://wuis.org Madigan on Voting Rights: 'We Don't Know What The Future Holds' Legislators Vote Against Capping Their Careers http://wuis.org/post/legislators-vote-against-capping-their-careers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Voters may still get the chance to decide if they want to limit how long legislators can serve ... but no thanks to legislators themselves.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Although elections have been compared to popularity contests, as a whole, "politicians" aren't all that popular.</span></p><p>Which may be way polls show voters find the idea of term limits so appealing.</p><p>Unless, of course, you're a legislator.</p><p>Senator Darin LaHood, a Republican from Peoria, nonetheless introduced a term limits plan.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:35:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 22446 at http://wuis.org Legislators Vote Against Capping Their Careers It Would Take Four Wins For Quinn To Grab Longest-Serving Governor Title http://wuis.org/post/it-would-take-four-wins-quinn-grab-longest-serving-governor-title <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Gov. Pat Quinn is leaving the door open to running for governor three times, but even that would not put him on pace to set a record as the state's longest-serving chief executive.</p><p></p><p>It may seem a bit premature to think about. Though it's expected Quinn will be Democrats' nominee in 2014, he could well be unseated and never clinch a full, second term as governor.</p><p>But when a reporter asked about it, Quinn refused to say if this will be his last time running.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 18:52:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 15439 at http://wuis.org It Would Take Four Wins For Quinn To Grab Longest-Serving Governor Title