There are red and white “Vote No on the County Executive Referendum” signs appearing through McHenry County, but yesterday I noticed one that is red and yellow with a big “Vote No” message on it.
The amendment has been scathingly opposed by the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board because it does virtually nothing.
It increases the majority required to pass a pension bill in the Illinois General Assembly from 50%, plus one, to 60%.
I was on the losing end of many, many pension votes in my sixteen years in Springfield.
I can’t remember any of the roll calls being close.
Most pension increase bills passed overwhelmingly.
My “No” votes were pretty lonely.
So, increasing the majority to 60% would be merely a cosmetic change.
But, obviously the pension annuitants who paid for the sign you see think the proposed Constitutional Amendment does something that will hurt them.
In my time in Springfield, I never heard of the group, so whoever decided on the signs probably isn’t familiar with the lopsidedness of the votes.
A person who talked to me about the ballot question told me, “If Mike Madigan is in favor of it, I’m voting against it.”
My approach to votes in Springfield was, “When in doubt, vote ‘No.’”