Illinois 2008 ballot news archive

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Campaign workers indicted for forging signatures

Two campaign workers for state Sen. Terry Link (D-Waukegan) were indicted Aug. 13, 2008, on forgery and perjury charges for allegedly placing phony signatures on the senator's nominating petitions for his current re-election campaign. The petitions allegedly included names of deceased voters.[1]

Prosecutors announced the Lake County grand jury indictment of Jerry D. Knight and Kenneth Davidson. The grand jury indicted Knight on 11 counts of perjury and one count of forgery. Davidson faces nine counts of perjury and two counts of forgery. All are felonies.[1]

State's Attorney Michael Waller, a Republican, requested the appointment of a special state prosecutor to handle the case to avoid the appearance of bias against Democratic campaign workers.[1]

Link is chairman of the Lake County Democratic Party and is being challenged for his Senate seat in the November general election by Republican businessman Keith Gray.[1]

Statewide recall amendment dies in state senate

In a move aimed at Gov. Blagojevich, the Illinois House moved on April 8, 2008, to give voters the right to recall state officeholders who are either incompetent or unethical. The group Illinois Recall is pushing the measure.[2] However, the state senate killed the measure on May 1 when it voted 33-19 for the proposed constitutional amendment that would allow recall for local and state elected officials, including the governor and lawmakers. It needed 36 votes to pass.[3]

Rep. Jack Franks who had earlier helped shepherd the recall amendment through the state house was disappointed. "This is about cronyism and corruption and stopping it."How many of our governors have to go to jail before we wake up?"

A 75-33 House vote for the proposed constitutional amendment on April 8 had sent the recall issue to the Senate.[4]

Illinois Democracy Project halted

Despite a strong backing of support from citizens the petition drive for the Show Us Amendment by the Illinois Democracy Project has been canceled.

The Show Us Amendment was a proposed addition to the state constitution; it would have required a 21-day period for all non-emergency bills where no amendments were made before enacting a vote, allowing for public and media review of any legislation.

On Feb. 7, Jim Broadway, chairman of the Illinois Democracy Project, announced the campaign would not be able to collect 350,000 required signatures by April. Broadway said it was unrealistic to expect to collect 30,000 signatures a week in order to qualify the initiative for the ballot.[5]

Kane judge rejects referendum

Circuit Court Judge Michael Colwell ruled that a citizens group's attempt to dissolve the new village of Campton Hills by forcing a fourth binding referendum measure onto the Feb. 5 ballot. The judge ruled the referendum could not make the ballot due to a 3 initiative limit. The judge also concluded that the village officials who make up its electoral board could not be unbiased in a review of a pending objection to the anti-incorporation group's referendum petition and if forcing the measure to wait until a new electoral board can be appointed.[6]