Thursday, May 15, 2008

Con Con Considerations: Location

The November ballot will ask voters whether Illinois should have a Constitutional Convention. A Constitutional Convention would be authorized to review any portion of Illinois' Constitution they wanted to -- and to propose an entirely new document, amendments to existing provisions, or additions of new materials.

But the Constitution also leaves much to the General Assembly to determine. Others have taken a position on whether or not there should be a Convention, and even on what issues a Convention should address if it is called. This page is less interested in what a Convention might accomplish as in how it might work.

Sixth in a series

Where Should the Convention Meet?

In addition to how the public can access the delegates and their records, it is also worth asking where the delegates should meet. The State Capitol is an obvious choice, but if the future is anything like the recent past, it may be hard to schedule meetings of the legislature and the Convention in the same building at the same time. Should an off-site location in Springfield be considered, like the Prairie Capital Convention Center or the Old State Capitol? Should the Convention be held in another location, like Vandalia, or even Chicago?

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