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90_SC0001 ILCON Art. V, Sec. 1 ILCON Art. V, Sec. 2 ILCON Art. V, Sec. 3 ILCON Art. V, Sec. 4 rep. ILCON Art. V, Sec. 6 ILCON Art. V, Sec. 7 ILCON Art. V, Sec. 14 rep. Proposes to amend the Executive Article of the Illinois Constitution. Eliminates the office of Lieutenant Governor. Changes the election of executive branch constitutional officers to presidential election years, with 2-year transitional terms for those officers elected in 2002. Effective upon voter approval as to the election schedule; effective beginning with the election in 2002 as to the elimination of electing a Lieutenant Governor; and effective upon conclusion of the term of the Lieutenant Governor elected in 1998 as to elimination of the office of Lieutenant Governor and its functions. LRB9000195MWpcA LRB9000195MWpcA 1 SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 2 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 3 WHEREAS, Under the Illinois Constitution of 1870 the 4 elected Lieutenant Governor presided over the Illinois Senate 5 and succeeded the Governor in the event of a vacancy in that 6 office; and 7 WHEREAS, Under the Illinois Constitution of 1970 the 8 Lieutenant Governor does not preside over the Senate, and the 9 only remaining duties are to succeed the Governor and perform 10 any other functions delegated by the Governor or by statute; 11 and 12 WHEREAS, In the entire history of Illinois, only five 13 Lieutenant Governors have succeeded to the office of 14 Governor, most recently in 1968; and in 1981 the Lieutenant 15 Governor resigned, leaving the office vacant for over a year 16 and a half; and 17 WHEREAS, The Lieutenant Governor could be eliminated from 18 the chain of succession, and the current statutory and 19 delegated functions of the Lieutenant Governor could be 20 transferred to other agencies of State government, all 21 without the loss of services to the citizens of Illinois; and 22 WHEREAS, The Sixth Illinois Constitutional Convention 23 recommended that the election cycle for the State's executive 24 branch officers be changed to non-presidential election years 25 to allow the voters of Illinois to focus on the issues 26 confronting the State of Illinois; and 27 WHEREAS, This schedule of elections took effect in 1978 28 after the adoption of the Constitution by a referendum of the 29 voters in 1970; and 30 WHEREAS, As the result of this election schedule, the 31 number of people casting ballots for statewide executive -2- LRB9000195MWpcA 1 office candidates has been significantly fewer than those 2 voting in presidential election years as indicated by the 3 total turnout of voters for the following election years: 4 1978 3,342,985 5 1980 4,868,890 6 1982 3,856,875 7 1984 4,969,352 8 1986 3,322,450 9 1988 4,697,192 10 1990 3,420,720 11 1992 5,164,357 12 1994 3,219,122; 13 1996 4,418,270; and 14 WHEREAS, For the 1994 election year, the total number of 15 registered voters in Illinois was 6,119,001, yet only 16 3,219,122 voters chose to cast ballots in that election, 17 clearly showing that the electorate is not as enthusiastic 18 for the election schedule as the framers of the 1970 19 Constitution anticipated; and 20 WHEREAS, The people of the State of Illinois, and most 21 voters throughout the nation, are exhausted by perpetual 22 election campaigns; as soon as one election is over, the 23 media, pundits, and political operatives begin conducting the 24 campaigns for the next election nearly two years away, 25 leaving no breathing room for the weary electorate; and 26 WHEREAS, By consolidating the election of the Governor, 27 Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller, and 28 Treasurer with the presidential election, the voters of the 29 State of Illinois will be able to decide the course of action 30 the leaders of both the nation and the State should take 31 without the constant campaigning that now interrupts the 32 functioning of government; and -3- LRB9000195MWpcA 1 WHEREAS, By changing the schedule of elections, there 2 will likely be a cost savings to local governments that will 3 thus save the taxpayers money; therefore, be it 4 RESOLVED, BY THE SENATE OF THE NINETIETH GENERAL ASSEMBLY 5 OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 6 CONCURRING HEREIN, that there shall be submitted to the 7 electors of the State for adoption or rejection at the 8 general election next occurring at least 6 months after the 9 adoption of this resolution a proposition to amend Article V 10 of the Illinois Constitution by repealing Sections 4 and 14 11 and by changing Sections 1, 2, 3, 6, and 7 as follows: 12 ARTICLE V 13 THE EXECUTIVE 14 (ILCON Art. V, Sec. 1) 15 SECTION 1. OFFICERS 16 The Executive Branch shall include a Governor,
Lieutenant17 Governor,Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller 18 and Treasurer elected by the electors of the State. They 19 shall keep the public records and maintain a residence at the 20 seat of government during their terms of office. 21 (Source: Illinois Constitution.) 22 (ILCON Art. V, Sec. 2) 23 SECTION 2. TERMS 24 (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), the These25 elected officers of the Executive Branch shall hold office 26 for four years beginning on the second Monday of January 27 after their election and , except in the case of the28 Lieutenant Governor,until their successors are qualified. 29 They shall be elected at the general elections electionin 30 1998 and 2002 and at the general election in 2004 1978and 31 every four years thereafter. -4- LRB9000195MWpcA 1 (b) The officers of the Executive Branch elected in 2002 2 shall hold office for two years beginning on the second 3 Monday of January after their election and until their 4 successors are qualified. 5 (Source: Illinois Constitution.) 6 (ILCON Art. V, Sec. 3) 7 SECTION 3. ELIGIBILITY 8 To be eligible to hold the office of Governor, Lieutenant9 Governor,Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller 10 or Treasurer, a person must be a United States citizen, at 11 least 25 years old, and a resident of this State for the 12 three years preceding his election. 13 (Source: Illinois Constitution.) 14 (ILCON Art. V, Sec. 4 rep.) 15 SECTION 4. JOINT ELECTION (REPEALED) 16 In the general election for Governor and Lieutenant17 Governor, one vote shall be cast jointly for the candidates18 nominated by the same political party or petition. The19 General Assembly may provide by law for the joint nomination20 of candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor.21 (Source: Illinois Constitution.) 22 (ILCON Art. V, Sec. 6) 23 SECTION 6. GUBERNATORIAL SUCCESSION 24 (a) In the event of a vacancy, the order of succession 25 to the office of Governor or to the position of Acting 26 Governor shall be the Lieutenant Governor,the elected 27 Attorney General, the elected Secretary of State, and then as 28 provided by law. 29 (b) If the Governor is unable to serve because of death, 30 conviction on impeachment, failure to qualify, resignation or 31 other disability, the office of Governor shall be filled by -5- LRB9000195MWpcA 1 the officer next in line of succession for the remainder of 2 the term or until the disability is removed. 3 (c) Whenever the Governor determines that he may be 4 seriously impeded in the exercise of his powers, he shall so 5 notify the Secretary of State and the officer next in line of 6 succession. The latter shall thereafter become Acting 7 Governor with the duties and powers of Governor. When the 8 Governor is prepared to resume office, he shall do so by 9 notifying the Secretary of State and the Acting Governor. 10 (d) The General Assembly by law shall specify by whom 11 and by what procedures the ability of the Governor to serve 12 or to resume office may be questioned and determined. The 13 Supreme Court shall have original and exclusive jurisdiction 14 to review such a law and any such determination and, in the 15 absence of such a law, shall make the determination under 16 such rules as it may adopt. 17 (Source: Illinois Constitution.) 18 (ILCON Art. V, Sec. 7) 19 SECTION 7. VACANCIES IN OTHER ELECTIVE OFFICES 20 If the Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller 21 or Treasurer fails to qualify or if his office becomes 22 vacant, the Governor shall fill the office by appointment. 23 The appointee shall hold office until the elected officer 24 qualifies or until a successor is elected and qualified as 25 may be provided by law and shall not be subject to removal by 26 the Governor. If the Lieutenant Governor fails to qualify or27 if his office becomes vacant, it shall remain vacant until28 the end of the term.29 (Source: Illinois Constitution.) 30 (ILCON Art. V, Sec. 14 rep.) 31 SECTION 14. LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR - DUTIES (REPEALED) 32 The Lieutenant Governor shall perform the duties and-6- LRB9000195MWpcA 1 exercise the powers in the Executive Branch that may be2 delegated to him by the Governor and that may be prescribed3 by law.4 (Source: Illinois Constitution.) 5 SCHEDULE 6 This Constitutional Amendment takes effect as follows: 7 (1) those portions changing the years in which executive 8 branch officers are elected and providing for a two-year term 9 for those elected in 2002 take effect upon approval of this 10 Constitutional Amendment by the electors of this State; 11 (2) those portions eliminating the election of a 12 Lieutenant Governor take effect beginning with the election 13 in 2002; and 14 (3) those portions eliminating the office of Lieutenant 15 Governor and its functions take effect upon the conclusion of 16 the term of the Lieutenant Governor elected in 1998.
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