Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Rasmussen on Illinois Con Con: 60% for it

I'm voting for it. I want to get back to three Reps per Senate District with three votes I can cast as a block for a single Rep.

Jordan Lystad
Consitutional Convention Coalition


CHICAGO-A new statewide poll shows that nearly 60 percent of Illinois voters favor a constitutional convention giving citizens the opportunity to reform state government directly.

Rasmussen Reports recently conducted a survey of 1,000 likely voters throughout Illinois. Over 82 percent believe that state government is headed in the wrong direction, and nearly 70 percent disapprove of the way the legislature conducts business. Further, 70 percent of voters want the ability to recall their elected officials. Overall, the results show that citizens are looking for real change in state government. Results have a 4 percent margin of error.

"People have lost faith in their state government and want the tools to reform it," said State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Woodstock). "As elected officials it is our duty to restore people's trust and help provide these tools. The best way for people to reclaim their government is by voting for a Constitutional Convention."

Available to voters every 20 years, a constitutional convention will give people influence in decision-making and force accountability in Springfield. No longer will politicians be able to undermine the democratic process and run unopposed. Nor would they be able to cherry pick their constituents through redistricting. A convention would also give people the opportunity to make education and health care funding priorities in the budget.

"It has been four decades since there has been any significant change in Illinois," Franks said. "The opportunity to hold a Constitutional Convention comes around once every generation. For those 82 percent of citizens frustrated with the direction of government, voting for a convention will give them the tools necessary to change directions. Barack Obama says, ‘Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.' This same statement applies to the voters in Illinois."

"It is important for people dissatisfied with their government to understand that they themselves hold the power in deciding what, if anything, needs to be changed in our constitution," said Judy Baar Topinka, former Republican Treasurer and member of the ConCon Yes committee said, "The best part is that any suggested changes made to the constitution will come back to the voters before they are enacted. The people have the final word."

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