Politicians prefer opinion polls

June 27, 2014 

It's doubtful that you will get to vote this November on term limits, and definitely not on legislative redistricting in Illinois. Feel-good opinion poll questions, yes, but meaningful questions, probably not.

A Cook County judge ruled that there's a "very narrow provision" for allowing changes to the Illinois Constitution, and surprise, surprise, the term limits and redistricting questions don't fit in her view. The redistricting supporters said they won't appeal; the term limits group said they will.

The attorney who questioned the constitutionality of these measures? A close ally of House Speaker Michael Madigan.

A few days before, Gov. Pat Quinn made a big show of signing a bill asking voters whether the minimum wage should be increased from $8.25 an hour to $10. Other advisory questions approved by the legislature include whether there should be a millionaire's tax and contraception coverage in insurance. Rest assured, no political operatives will be sent out to kick those questions off the ballot.

Illinois politicians are happy to hear your opinion -- as long as they don't have to abide by them.

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