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Con-Con Referendum in Court Today

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The wording of a referendum on Illinois ballots next month is scheduled to be challenged in a Cook County court today. The referendum asks voters if the state should hold a constitutional convention, where elected delegates can change the state constitution. Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn says the language in the referendum is biased.

QUINN: I don’t think any language should be on the ballot other than whether you’re for a constitutional convention or against. A neutral question that the people make their own minds up, vote according to their conscience.

Quinn is upset the question mentions that voters defeated the measure the last time it was on the ballot. He supports a constitutional convention, but says that doesn’t influence his opinion.

Meantime, state Senator Dale Righter defends how the referendum is worded. He says the lawyers taking the matter to court are, quote, “looking for something to do.”

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