Voters may see up to seven referendum questions regarding their state government when they go to the polls on November 4. A few of the ballot initiatives were citizen-led, but the majority of the questions were placed on the ballot by House and Senate Democrats in an effort to drive up voter turnout:
- Fair Maps: A citizen-led initiative, this proposal seeks to remove political influence from the legislative map-drawing process. If approved, an independent commission would take the process out of the hands of politicians. Today, maps are drawn by the majority party in ways that maximize incumbent protection for those from the ruling party, and often pit incumbent legislators from the minority party against each other.
- Term Limits: Also brought forth by citizens, the term limit proposal would limit terms for Illinois legislators to eight years. The question also seeks to change the size of the General Assembly to make it more difficult for legislators to override a gubernatorial veto. Within hours of being filed, the fair map and term limit proposals were challenged in lawsuits filed by an attorney with close ties to House Speaker Mike Madigan.
- Voters' Rights: This initiative would prevent people from being denied the right to register to vote or cast a ballot based on race, ethnicity, status as a minority, sex, sexual orientation or income. Current laws already prohibit the denial of these rights.
- Crime Victims' Rights: This plan would provide for more enforceable victim rights in trials and court proceedings. The current constitution already guarantees crime victims certain rights.
- Millionaire Tax: A non-binding measure, this question asks voters if Illinoisans who earn more than $1 million per year should have an additional 3% tax added to their incomes.
- Minimum Wage Hike: Another non-binding question, this initiative will ask voters if the minimum wage for those over the age of 18 should be increased to $10 per hour. The current minimum wage in Illinois is $8.25, the highest in the Midwest.
- Birth Control: This non-binding question will ask voters if insurance plans in Illinois should be mandated to cover birth control. The question is moot, because Illinois and federal law already have this mandate in place.
Rep. Mike Tryon has represented the 66th District since January 2005.