By Victoria Deppe -
On behalf of the Convention of States Project in Illinois, I’d like to thank Robert Berry for his article (on Illinois Review) providing information regarding the recent history of the Article V Convention process in the United States.
I would like to add that Illinoisans who are interested in joining the effort to make such a convention a reality are warmly invited to join us. The Convention of States Project is a non-partisan, grass-roots effort organizing voters in 40 states to convince their respective legislatures to convene an Article V Convention of States to curtail the scope and jurisdiction of the federal government.
In spite of the picture painted by the media, voters across the political spectrum agree on a variety of issues. There isn’t an American today who would suggest that, even after 50 years and fifteen trillion dollars, the “War on Poverty” has been won; or that one-size-fits-all mandates from DC have improved our schools. Americans of all political stripes are indignant when politicians exempt themselves from the laws they make for the rest of us, and outraged that they funnel taxpayer dollars to bail out the poor business decisions made by their friends and donors. An Article V Convention can address these and many other reforms needed in Washington that we cannot expect Congress to undertake on its own.
To learn more about the Convention of States Project and how to become involved, please visit our website at www.ConventionOfStates.com. We have a variety of opportunities, from simply contacting your General Assembly members to assuming a State Leadership position. If you would like to have a member of our State Leadership Team address your group, please contact me at COS.Liaison.IL@gmail.com.
Victoria Deppe is Illinois Legislative Liaison for the Convention of States Project