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posted: 10/31/2012 4:40 AM

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The Secretary of State just spent millions of taxpayer dollars to print and mail the Proposed Amendment to Add Section 5.1 to the Article XIII of the Illinois Constitution. The propose amendment will be voted on in the Nov. 6 election.

Wanting to be an informed voter I read the document and found myself immersed in legal jargon that defied clarity. Even the explanation section seemed confusing and deliberately vague.

After carefully reading the amendment it would do away with the traditional simple majority rule for passage of legislation of matter of grave importance.

These are my reasons to vote no on this amendment.

It is ambiguous, confusing, difficult to understand and complex. What does it really mean?

It would grant unprecedented power to state and local government to make changes to contracts, pensions and laws past and present.

It would allow the minority vote to determine benefits decisions at every governmental level.

It will result in no savings to taxpayers.

It will do nothing to address the state's financial crisis.

If you don't trust Springfield, then vote no on the Constitutional Amendment.

Ron Gilkerson

Batavia

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