A candidate for state’s attorney in Illinois does not have to live in Illinois. But an attempt to change that has fallen victim to political numbers. It’s not that people are championing the cause of candidates such as the Iowan who ran in a primary in Rock Island County, the case which inspired State Sen. Mike Jacobs (D-East Moline) to sponsor the resolution for a constitutional amendment.
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But the November election can have no more than three such questions. Already making their way through the General Assembly are amendments to strengthen the requirements for increasing pension and to create a “crime victims’ bill of rights.”
State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) argued against Jacobs’ resolution, saying it would kill any chance of an amendment combining the offices of comptroller and treasurer, an amendment House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) does not support anyway. “The fact that the speaker of the House has held the resolution, and not allowed it to be called in the House,” said Brady, “we would, in essence, be crowding out the ability to save millions of dollars.” “I think it’s an oversight, and, hopefully, it won’t happen again,” said Jacobs of the Rock Island situation, “but what if the governor of Wisconsin, who seems to hate Illinois, runs for state’s attorney in Chicago?” SJRCA 66 failed in the Senate, 32-17-4. It needed 37 Yes votes.