News

lllinois Lawmakers Receive a Civics Lesson

lllinois Lawmakers Receive a Civics Lesson

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

A Harvard law professor who is pushing a U. S. constitutional convention has told Illinois lawmakers there are built-in protections against extremes.

During a committee hearing, State Rep. Scott Drury (D-Highwood) asked, “These delegates … can say, we think that the best way to address Citizens United is to get rid of the First Amendment – is that a possiblity that can come out of this convention?”

Lawrence Lessig agreed it’s possible, and then posed a question of his own: “Can you imagine 38 states ratifying that? And, I would suggest, it’s impossible to imagine that there wouldn’t be at least 13 of them that would stop that amendment.”

Lessig, already involved in a “Mayday PAC” he initiated on May 1 to change campaign finance, wants a new constitutional convention to take in possible amendments.

SJR 42 has passed the House Judiciary committee.

 

Recent Headlines

in Local

Gunman Prompts Lockdown of Rural Springfield Mobile Home Park

sangamon county sheriff

Sangamon County Sheriff's Deputies say a lockdown at the Lincoln Place Mobile Home park in unincorporated Springfield near Riverton has ended.

in Local

State Appellate Court Rules for FutureGen

coal

A state appellate court handed the FutureGen Alliance a big victory Tuesday.

in Local

Quinn to Public: Slow Down on the Roads

road construction

A crash that killed four people on I-55 has the governor talking about highway safety

in Local

Arizona Man Charged in Half-Brother’s Death

police_tape

An Arizona man is charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his half-brother from Petersburg.

in Local

Springfield AT&T Layoffs Total 188

ATT-Logo1

AT&T plans to close the Springfield call center and cut 188 jobs starting August 3.