Monday, November 3, 2008

Pros and Cons of Illinois Constitutional Convention

Tomorrow is Election Day in the USA. We will vote for the next president, but there is much more on everyone's ballot. Here in Illinois, for example, the people will be voting on whether or not to hold a constitutional convention ("con-con"), which is meant to tweak and fine tune that document. For the first time in 20 years, this November 4th, Illinois voters will get a chance to vote "YES" to call for a new Constitutional Convention for Illinois. Of course, some people want a convention and some don't. Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich currently has a popularity rating lower than that of George W. Bush, and is currently under the microscope of federal investigators (can you say "Rezko"?). The state has been compared to Louisiana in terms of systemic corruption. Among other possibilities, a constitutional convention would give the people the opportunity to add - or reject - a provision for recalling corrupt or inept elected officials. RELATED: Constitutional Convention for Illinois Theory and Reality in Constitution Debate Have You Read the Illinois Constitution?