Springfield deceit exposed by Bambenek v. Board of Elections

By JOHN KINDT “If you don’t trust Springfield, vote NO on the November ballot’s Constitutional Amendment,” some legislative candidates advise. “If you trust Springfield, vote YES” to concentrate more budgetary power in Springfield. Voters will not even know what they are voting for or against, because the proposed amendment is not printed on the ballot. […]


October 26, 2012 – (Rockton, Illinois) – Early voters are flocking to county clerk’s offices across the state, but, sadly, most will be surprised when the first thing they encounter on their ballot is Illinois Constitution Amendment 49. The amendment purports to protect taxpayers from rash simple majority votes on state employee pension benefits by […]

Senate Candidate John Bambenek Files Suit to Invalidate Constitutional Amendment Question on Ballot

CHAMPAIGN, IL (October 18, 2012) – Yesterday, Senate Candidate John Bambenek joined a dozen other citizens in filing a lawsuit challenging the validity of the state constitutional amendment on the ballot commonly known as Amendment 49 (HJRCA49).  The Amendment purports to require a 3/5ths vote for any pension benefit increase.  The grounds for the suit […]

**Notice** to Amendment 49 on the ballot

The following language precedes the Constitutional Amendment on the ballot: The failure to vote this ballot may be the equivalent of a negative vote, because a convention may be called or the amendment shall become effective if approved by either three-fifths of those voting on the question or a majority of those voting in the […]

More on Amendment 49-Constitutional Amendment

Illinois amendment would eliminate constitutional protections CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – A little-publicized amendment to the Illinois Constitution on this November’s ballot could have a big impact on the pensions and health care of state workers if Illinois voters approve it, a University of Illinois expert in legal policy says. According to John Kindt, a professor emeritus […]

More on Amendment 49-Public Unions Beware

See previous post: http://blnnews.com/2012/09/12/surprise-amendment-49-in-the-nov-ballot/ The amend is being promoted as: The Illinois Public Pension Amendment will appear on the November 6, 2012 ballot in Illinois as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. If passed, the measure would require a three-fifths approval by the General Assembly, city councils, and school districts that wish to increase the pension benefits […]

Surprise! Amendment 49 in the Nov Ballot – Update

by Diane Benjamin First, Mike Madigan is behind the Amendment.  This amendment is based on a bill passed by the Illinois  House and Senate overwhelmingly last May: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?GAID=11&GA=97&DocNum=49&DocTypeID=HJRCA&SessionID=84&LegID=67098&SpecSess=&Session= This amendment concentrates monetary power in Springfield.   Here is a 2 page summary More Information at:  http://www.suaa.org/assets/pdf/ImpairmentProvision.pdf?PHPSESSID=8cc7ec3dabdfdd7286d960220b1225ec Also:  http://www.ilretirementsecurity.org/reports?id=0062 Summary: Mike Madigan is behind placing a Constitutional […]