The Illinois House has approved a proposal to add protections for voting rights to the Illinois Constitution.
The measure is sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan himself.
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.
"That modification by the Supreme Court has apparently brought on efforts in other states to enact legislation that some of us would consider to be voter suppression," Madigan says, pointing to voter ID laws.
State election regulators say more than a dozen Illinois counties have purged their voter registration rolls to remove the names of people who've died or moved away.
The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises Newspapers reports (http://bit.ly/19rHR6b ) 17 counties and the city of East St. Louis fixed problems on their lists of registered voters. County clerks are required to purge voter rolls every two years. But some counties say there isn't enough money in the budget to cover the sometimes costly review.