Power taken from the people

May 11, 2013 

I wanted to initiate an amendment to the Illinois Constitution that would change the law so elected officials could no longer vote themselves increases in pay and benefits.

I envisioned circulating a petition to get a measure on the statewide ballot for a vote of the people. Then I found out that in 1970 the Illinois Constitution was revised, and in that constitution the power of the people to initiate changes in the law was excluded. My efforts to prevent politicians from voting themselves a raise would be unconstitutional.

In the Land Of Lincoln, government of the people, by the people and for the people has perished.

Brad Sewell

Collinsville

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