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Constitutional Amendments on Illinois Ballots

Apr 10, 2014

At least two constitutional amendments will be on ballots across Illinois this November.

Voters will be asked whether voting rights should be protected regardless of race, sexual orientation, or other factors.

They will also be asked whether crime victims should be able to sue to enforce their existing rights in the Illinois Constitution.

That measure is sponsored by Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago).  She said that without the ability to go to court, victims' rights are not that strong.

“We can't always stop violence or erase the pain we know that it causes to victims,” Steans said.

“But we can make sure, at least today, that their dignity and respect is honored during the criminal justice project.”

There could yet be additional constitutional amendments before voters this fall.  One would change the way legislative districts are drawn; another would impose term limits on state politicians.