The Illinois Senate did not advance a proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution April 26 after Senator Bill Brady successfully argued that it would block voters from considering another proposed amendment that will save the state millions of dollars.
Senator Brady asked to delay a vote on SJRCA 66 – a Constitutional amendment to require that each state’s attorney be a resident of the state – but sponsor Senator Mike Jacobs of East Moline refused. The resolution failed to get the required 36 votes, losing on a vote of 32-17-4.
"The issues addressed in each of the proposed amendments are all important and I support them. However, if they all advance, there will be no room on the ballot for a proposed amendment to merge the offices of the State Comptroller and State Treasurer, which will save the state millions of dollars,” Senator Brady said. “The Senate acted appropriately and did not advance this state’s attorney residency amendment right now. Now we need House Speaker Michael Madigan to allow a public vote on the Comptroller/Treasurer merger amendment, which he has stalled in committee.”
Last week, Senator Brady sent an op-ed piece to newspapers statewide warning that Constitutional amendments were being subjected to legislative leaders’ political games and power plays.
The Comptroller/Treasurer merger amendment resolution was adopted by a unanimous vote of the Senate more than a year ago, on March 31, 2011, but it is being held by the Speaker Madigan while other amendments are being given priority.
Other proposed amendments to the Illinois Constitution that appear to be headed for passage, which would put them on the November ballot, include a proposal to require a supermajority, three-fifths vote for passage of any legislation to increase pension benefits; and a proposal to amend the Bill of Rights Article of the Illinois Constitution to provide additional rights to crime victims.