Chicagoans will face two questions on their ballots tomorrow in addition to the selection of candidates; they should vote “No” on both.
First, there is the Illinois Constitutional Amendment, which would require a greater majority to approve increases in benefits to teachers. However, this appears to be a ploy to aggregate and centralize more power in the hands of Springfield. For more information, ChicagoBluesGirl writes on Rebel Pundit:
What do Madigan and his buddies stand to gain by this amendment? “Power” comes to mind–more power over taxpayer money to steer toward his list of cronies.
According to Ballotpedia.org, there’s another reason:
The proposed amendment creates new definitions for the terms “benefit increase,” “emolument increase,” and “beneficial determination,” which are not defined in other statutes or in existing case law. These definitions could generate litigation, resulting in additional costs. There may also be disagreement amongst the governing body on whether a bill, resolution or other action constitutes a “benefit increase,” “emolument increase,” or “beneficial determination.
There is also a city-specific ballot question that Chicagoans will see about electricity aggregation. Chicago would be the largest city to attempt such a thing, and on the face of it, like the first, it appears fine. We might even pay less money but we’d be sacrificing something else, which the libs over at Chicagoist are salivating about: green energy. Read Chicagoist for their take:
The City and clean energy advocates also see the aggregation effort as an opportunity to give wind, solar and other renewable technologies a shot in the arm in Illinois…. If folks in the state capitol took Roberts’ advice, aggregation might offer Springfield an important opportunity to help keep the wind industry moving here. The Mayor and an array of heavy hitters have lined up behind the effort and its potential clean energy outcomes, so we hope City Hall will keep engaged in discussions around opportunities to boost rooftop solar with the new program to ensure a similar impact on clean energy production in Chicago.
So, as you see, it is a backdoor way to implement more of the “green energy” policies the left can’t wait to tack onto their myriad protected bike lanes, etc. etc. etc. We can thank Chicagoist for showing us exactly why we should vote no on this.