constitutional convention

Election 2014
5:07 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Removing The Pension Protection Clause

Credit Hannah Meisel

Illinois' ability to change retirement benefits of government workers is limited because of a provision in the state Constitution. But what about trying to make that a non-issue, by doing away with that clause?

Article XIII, Sect. 5 of the Illinois Constitution is direct: pension benefits, it says, "shall not be diminished or impaired."

Nevertheless, a law passed last year cuts benefits for current workers and retirees. Whether that squares with the Constitution is currently the subject of a lawsuit.

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Campaign Finance
6:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Illinois Senate Joins Push For U.S. Constitutional Convention

America has had only one national constitutional convention — so far.
Credit Howard Chandler Christy via Wikimedia Commons

The Illinois Senate has joined a push for a national constitutional convention. Organizers want to change the way political campaigns are financed.

The last time there was a Constitutional Convention, it was presided over by George Washington.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Sat December 1, 2007

Question & Answer: Wayne Whalen on Con-Con

The Chicago lawyer and vice president of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Foundation board was a delegate to the state's 1969-1970 Constitutional Convention. He represented the northwestern counties of Carroll, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Stephenson and Whiteside, and chaired the Style, Drafting and Submission Committee.

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