The first thing Illinois voters will see when they open their ballots is a question about Constitutional Amendment #49. So, the question everyone is asking is: how do I vote? There are three choices:
YES -While some argue the wording hides much more sinister and bad projections for Illinois taxpayers, Republicans in the General Assembly voted "yes" to get the proposal on the ballot to let the voters tell lawmakers whether it should be more difficult to raise state employee union pensions. A yes vote, we're led to believe, would require that 3/5 of the General Assembly would need to support a pension increase in the future for state employee union members. A "yes" would send that message that taxpayers aren't happy with the current standard, and at least would begin to take on the pension issue for future rate increases.
NO - State employee unions are pushing hard for their workers to get to the polls and vote "NO" on the proposal, so that a 3/5 majority will not be required to fatten up pension benefits. The unions argue that it is not their fault lawamakers haven't set aside the money they've been promised - and thus, their members should not be punished for lawmakers' bad decisions. Democrat House Speaker Mike Madigan is sure to get a hefty, enthusiastic turnout of SEIU, AFSCME, police and firefighters to the polls to vote "against" the amendment and "for" his Democrat candidates on the ballot.
NOT VOTE - The third option is one being taken by many who don't think their vote matters either way, and are frustrated that public discussion of the amendment, its pros and cons, and the economic and political repercussions has not taken place. Not surprisingly, many Illinoisans have grown so cynical of the political process that they're abstaining from participating when it comes to their position on the amendment. In short, they're taking the positions President Obama took when he was in the Illinois legislature and voting "Present."
So, how would a conservative vote? In the end...it's your decision.