Illinois Governor Calls for Initiative...But Only for Ethics.
It’s great that Illinois Governor Pat Quinn called for Illinois citizens to be able to put ethical reform measures on the ballot, but why stop there? Shouldn’t they be allowed to vote on tax and spending issues as well? What about marriage, school bonds, or smoking bans?
Illinois citizens currently have the ability to put “advisory” initiatives on the ballot, but they hold no power in terms of the law. I’m not sure what the point of that really is to be honest. The powers that be don’t have to abide by the results of vote, so the people have no real power in that sense.
Governor Quinn’s call for ethics reform initiatives is a step in the right direction. The next step is completely opening the initiative and referendum process in the state of Illinois.