Right on Point
I've been bemoaning the lack of media coverage about the upcoming Constitutional Convention vote for some time now, so I'd be remiss not to give credit where credit is due. And in this case, it's to the Chicago Tribune, which had an excellent editorial in support of a Con-Con in Sunday's edition.
The editorial succinctly encapsulates the issue from the very beginning:
Decide right now that you'll vote yes Nov. 4 on what could be the most important ballot measure you've ever encountered. Then relax as the establishment foes of a constitutional convention do their best Halloween act to scare the bejabbers out of you and every other citizen of Illinois.It then delivers one of the best lines I've heard to date regarding this issue:
And when their goblins fly at you, heads spinning, with their best "Bwaa-Haa-Haa!" about the dangers of a con-con, don't flinch. They'll screech that convention delegates—your fellow citizens—could try to raise tax formulas, or repeal individual rights, or steer planet Earth into the sun. Answer the bloodcurdling spirits with the mantra they cannot refute: Before our constitution actually would change—We . . . have . . . the . . . final . . . say. All of us. In another referendum. We have to vote proposed revisions up or down.
You cannot challenge the interests that own too much of Illinois if you don't climb into the ring with them.I've known from the beginning that getting a convention approved was going to be an uphill battle. But every now and then, even uphill battles get won.