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Monday, November 10, 2008

Con-Con fail

The question of whether to have an Illinois Constitutional Convention was voted down with a emphatic NO from the voters of Illinois last week. And, so, it will be another 20 years before the question comes up again.

In the meantime, I would really appreciate it if everyone would quit it with the canned talking points. In particular, stop saying "just vote in new legislators, etc." The way the system is set up, that is just not possible. Case in point:

Well, let’s see how Illinois did on electing better people and starting on the path to ending dysfunctional, gridlocked state government.
All 118 seats in the House were up for election. In 59 of those districts, only one candidate was on the ballot. With one exception, they were all incumbents. Kind of hard to make a change when your choice is between one and none.
That leaves an actual election going on in 59 House districts. Want to guess how many incumbents were defeated? Two. There will be a few other new faces in the House, because some incumbents chose to retire rather than run again. But voters retired only two.
It’s even better in the Senate. There are 59 senators, but they serve staggered terms so only 40 seats were up this year. Only half of those were contested, in that more than one candidate was running. (And that includes the district where the candidates were a Democrat and a Green, which you may or may not think is a real contest.)
The result? Not a single incumbent lost. Zero.
So much for changing things through elections. (Statehouse Insider: The insiders win again.)

Some more Con-Con post-mortem:

Until next time, if we want changes made, we can always write letters and email to our State Reps and Senators and they'll respond accordingly. *snort*

Posted by Marie at November 10, 2008 9:54 PM


I voted for the Con Con, but didn't really study the issue too much. Based my snap decision on the people who were blathering about why we shouldn't vote for it, and figured we'd probably be well served if *those* people didn't get their way.

Posted by: Seth Anderson Author Profile Page at November 14, 2008 11:51 PM

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