Illinois Constitutional Amendment Mocked as Meaningless Gesture

A constitutional amendment on the ballot in Illinois Nov. 6 has been mocked as a meaningless gesture by lawmakers to give the appearance of action on the state’s pension crisis. But a U of I professor emeritus says it’s far from meaningless: It “creates a constitutional blank check to override benefits accrued by state employees, including pensions and health care,” says legal policy expert John Kindt.

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