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Convention Divides Like-Minded
November, Illinois voters get to decide if the
state constitution should be opened up for review
and maybe change.|
When you take
your ballot, you'll get to say "yes" or "no"
to whether the state should hold a constitutional
convention, often called con-con. If voters
approve it, delegates would come together to
pour over all the articles of the state
PIERCE: This is the easiest
way to change the constitution. The other ways are
Greg Pierce is with a group of
unions and churches that support con-con. He says
it's a way to fix Illinois' broken tax
But here's an example of how
con-con is dividing people who usually fight for
the same things.
Ralph Martire, a
government watchdog, agrees with Pierce the
tax system has to change; that it relies too
heavily on property taxes.
But how to fix
that? Martire says not with con-con. He worries
hot button issues like gay marriage would crowd
out a reasonable debate about taxes. And that
could hobble any chances to change the tax system
for years to come.