Playing politics with poll questions in Illinois

June 1, 2014 

Do you like taking part in opinion polls? Yes or no? Maybe Illinois Democrats could add that to their list of meaningless questions that will be on the ballot in November.

In addition to voting for governor, senator and representative, voters likely will be asked for their opinion about the minimum wage, a millionaire tax and contraceptive coverage.

Republicans complain that this is all about political pandering, and who could disagree? Contraceptives have been covered by health insurance for more than a decade in Illinois and are included in the Affordable Care Act. Lawmakers still will decide whether to raise the minimum wage or add more taxes on the rich whatever the voters say.

Here's one question you'll never see lawmakers put on the ballot: Should lawmakers have to adopt a realistic, balanced state budget?

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