Correction: As confusing as the wording of the amendment itself, there was also a requirement that it win 60 percent (not a simple majority) to have it change the constitution. We regret our earlier report saying the Amendment had passed. It required a 60 percent vote to pass. The measure failed. The Illinois legislature will not be required to pass public sector union pensions by a 3/5 vote.
Although the amendment was the first thing Illinois voters saw on their ballots, at last count, nearly 1 million chose not to vote on the measure at all, compared to the over 5 million Illinoisans that voted for president.
Of those voting, 57% supported the higher number required to sweeten pensions compare to the unions' 43% that voted against it.