In 2010, the United States Supreme Court overturned 90 years of precedence concerning political campaign funding in its Citizens United decision. Since then, Congress has often spoken of campaign finance reform, but has taken no action.
Illinois has the opportunity to become the third state to call for an Article V Convention of the States for the purpose of amending the U.S. Constitution to reverse the effects of the Citizens United decision. This means the Constitution would be amended by the states, without Congress.
The League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford will hold a public educational forum on Illinois’ Senate Joint Resolution 42. SJR 42 has passed the Illinois Senate and is scheduled to be voted on during the veto session in November. Vermont and California have already passed this resolution.
The forum, titled “An Article V Convention: A Viable Path Towards Amending the Constitution?”, will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Community Room at Rockford Public Library’s East Branch, 6685 E. State St. Panelists will include Dr. Scot Schraufnagel, director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Political Science, Northern Illinois University; and State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora, sponsor of SJR 42. Moderator will be Marilyn Hite-Ross, assistant Winnebago County state’s attorney. Admission is free.
Learn more about the event at www.lwvgr.org.
From the Oct. 15-21, 2014, issue