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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

We the people of Illinois, in order to form a more perfect state, do gather in this constitutional convention

I don't think a lot of folks were all that serious about an Illinois Constitutional Convention until the established powers gathered to squelch the idea.

Here is the full list of the special interests:

AFL-CIO Illinois
American Insurance Association
Center for Tax and Budget Accountability
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
Citizen Action Illinois
Illinois Association of Convenience Stores
Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools
Illinois Association of School Administrators
Illinois Association of School Personnel Administrators
Illinois Business RoundTable
Illinois Civil Justice League
Illinois Education Association
Illinois Farm Bureau
Illinois Federation of Teachers
Illinois Manufacturers Association
Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association
Illinois Retail Merchants Association
Illinois Retired Teachers Association
Illinois State Chamber of Commerce
Illinois Teachers Retirement System
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
League of Women Voters of Illinois
National Federation of Independent Businesses/Illinois
Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce
Service Employees International Union Illinois
State University Annuitants Association
Taxpayers? Federation of Illinois
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Local 881

Organized labor, do-gooders, business, educators...truly an impressive line-up. I assume that more influence-seekers will be jumping on the bandwagon.

As much as they might disagree with each other on other issues, when it comes to maintaining the status quo, they're in accord. The very creation of this alliance suggests that one reason the current state government is in such disarray is structural. If the special interests were not so interested in maintaining the status quo, big money wouldn't be pouring in to pay for a such a big PR campaign.

In one way, the campaign, which kicked off with a big press conference yesterday, has already succeeded. A lot of people now have noticed that they have an opportunity to kick the politicians and special interests in the butt, and a lot of people will be wanting to know more. If you are among them, you can start by reading a fine column by By John Bambenek in today's Chicago Daily Observer. There you'll find some good reasons to think about calling a con-con.

I'm not entirely convinced that a new con-con is a good idea, but those who are marshaling the big bucks to oppose one are lighting a fire under a disgruntled Illinois electorate. Those opposed to folks gathering in a constitutional convention call themselves the Alliance to Protect the Illinois Constitution. Perhaps what the fed-up citizens of Illinois need to do is create an Alliance to Protect Illinois Citizens from the politicians who have been empowered by the current constitution.

1 comment:

Extreme Wisdom said...

Dennis,

John and I have been talking about this for about as long as anyone in the state, and we wrote the book to prove it.

It's called Illinois Deserves Better

If you invite either of us to any forum or debate (especially debates!!), we can make the case as well as anyone.

This is the only way to get your state back from the long list of interests working to keep Illinois corrupt and bankrupt.