An opponent of a constitutional amendment that would restrict state lawmakers from dipping into the roads fund for other purposes said the measure is too vague.
The Secretary of State’s Office said taxpayers paid nearly $1.3 million to print and send brochures to 5.6 million households about the proposed state constitutional amendment. That brochure includes arguments in favor of and against the measure.
Supporters of the amendment said it would secure transportation dollars for their intended purpose.
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State Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook. opposes the measure. Nekritz said there could be legal challenges if, for example, money is taken from the fund for transportation-related salaries.
“I think some of that interpretation will come out in the wash as the governor and the legislature try and do something, and someone initiates a lawsuit,” Nekritz said. “The courts will be the final arbiter.”
Nekritz also said the measure doesn’t give lawmakers any leeway to use the funds for other purposes in times of economic crisis.
Other opponents said the measure prioritizes transportation funding over matters like education.
The group Safe Roads Amendment has an ad in support of the amendment that said it's a way to keep lawmakers’ hands out of the roads fund.
"Your vote will create a lockbox for transportation money so that gas taxes, car registrations and other transportation fees we already pay can only be spent on transportation."
Gov. Bruce Rauner said the measure never came to his desk, and he didn’t want to comment, one way or the other.
“At this point, it’s in front of the voters, and let’s let the voters decide.”
Illinois voters will decide on the Nov. 8 ballot. It needs 60 percent approval to take affect.