WBEZ | Illinois Constitution http://www.wbez.org/tags/illinois-constitution Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Quinn plays down rejection of pension amendment http://www.wbez.org/news/quinn-plays-down-rejection-pension-amendment-103736 <p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn played down voters&#39; rejection of a proposed amendment to the Illinois constitution that would have made it harder to expand public employee retirement benefits.</p><p>A day after the elections, Quinn says he remains optimistic he can get lawmakers to agree on a plan for bringing down spiraling costs of pensions for government and other public sector workers.</p><p>The governor sought to separate the two, saying the proposed amendment was not focused on the wholesale overhaul of the pension system that he has sought.</p><p>Quinn says a complete overhaul is a necessary sacrifice in order to balance the state&#39;s books and ensure public funds keep flowing to essential services like schools and police departments.</p><p>Quinn told reporters Wednesday he&#39;ll be &quot;working on that issue night and day.&quot;</p></p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 16:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/quinn-plays-down-rejection-pension-amendment-103736 Quinn proposes amendment to Illinois constitution http://www.wbez.org/story/quinn-proposes-amendment-illinois-constitution-96336 <p><p>Governor Pat Quinn wants to change&nbsp;Illinois' constitution to allow voters to enact ethics reform through popular initiative and referendum.</p><p>Quinn called for the passage of the so-called "Lincoln Amendment" on Sunday which would have been Abraham Lincoln's 203rd birthday.</p><p>The Democrat says the amendment will give&nbsp;Illinois&nbsp;voters the power to directly implement stronger ethics laws and recall elected officials. Currently, voters can only propose by popular initiative amendments to the&nbsp;Illinois&nbsp;constitution that deal with structure and procedure of the General Assembly.</p><p>The proposed amendment allows voters to directly impact ethics laws. It's sponsored by state Senator Annazette Collins, who's a Chicago Democrat.</p><p>Quinn says voters deserve the power to recall any elected official and enact ethical standards by referendum.</p></p> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 16:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/quinn-proposes-amendment-illinois-constitution-96336 Chicago Democrats clash over Illinois House seat http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-democrats-clash-over-illinois-house-seat-87408 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-03/MendozaCityHallcrop.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A top Chicago official is criticizing the way her party is filling her former Illinois House seat.<br> <br> Susana Mendoza resigned as District 1 representative last month to become city clerk. To replace her, the district’s Democratic ward committeemen chose Chicago police Sgt. Dena Carli.<br> <br> Party insiders say the plan is for Carli to exit the seat this summer, once a long-term replacement establishes residency in the district, which spans parts of several Southwest Side neighborhoods, including Little Village, Brighton Park and Gage Park.<br> <br> The sources say Carli’s replacement will be Silvana Tabares, a former editor of the bilingual weekly newspaper Extra. Tabares graduated last year from the leadership academy of the United Neighborhood Organization, a clout-heavy Latino group.<br> <br> UNO chief Juan Rangel says he doesn’t know anything about the plan but praises Tabares. “She would be, by far, the best candidate to fill the seat,” Rangel says.<br> <br> Mendoza doesn’t think so. She pushed for her replacement to be Evelyn Rodríguez, an aide to U.S. Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, D-Illinois.<br> <br> “Neither Carli nor Tabares is qualified,” Mendoza says. “The citizens and the residents of the First District were completely shortchanged in this process.”<br> <br> The Illinois constitution requires state lawmakers to live in their district for two years before their election or appointment.<br> <br> Tabares, listed at 4335 S. Spaulding Ave., says she’s lived in the district for “about two years” but claims she can’t remember the month she moved in.<br> <br> Tabares says she’s eager to serve in the seat but says she knows nothing about the plan for her to take it. She referred WBEZ questions about the plan to two of the committeemen: Chicago Ald. Ed Burke, Ward 14, and State Sen. Tony Muñoz, District 1.<br> <br> Burke and Muñoz didn’t return the station’s calls about the seat. Neither did Carli.</p></p> Fri, 03 Jun 2011 21:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-democrats-clash-over-illinois-house-seat-87408