Illinois voters have rejected an amendment to the state Constitution. The measure would have required a three-fifths vote by the General Assembly or any government body in the state in order to increase pension benefits for government workers.

“Faced with a proposal to change the Illinois Constitution in a way that would have weakened the collective bargaining rights of teachers and firefighters and nurses and other public employees, and allowed politicians to yet again duck responsibility for the pension debt they caused and blame workers, Illinois voters rejected that proposal,” said Anders Lindall, spokesman for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which campaigned against the amendment.

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The measure actually got 56 percent yes votes, but it needed 60 percent to be enacted. All but two state lawmakers voted to place this measure on the ballot, but they didn’t campaign for it as hard as unions and others campaigned against it. Newspapers and constitutional experts opposed it because the way it was written was confusing. The League of Women Voters opposed it because it doesn’t want to set up a situation where a minority vote controls public policy.

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