Why only have recall ability in Chicago when there are trust issues across the state? That’s something Democratic State Senator Napoleon Harris hopes to address with his proposed amendment to the Illinois constitution.


Harris says the measure, which hasn’t been filed yet, would ask voters to approve a constitutional amendment laying out a process for all elected officials to possibly face a recall. Harris says things are bad, and not just in Chicago.

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“I think it’s important that anytime you have good policy on the books to have a process in place when people lose faith in public officials to have a process to deal with it.”


Harris also says any law can be abused and misused. “That’s why you have to put good heads together and make sure good policies are in place to make sure this really strikes at the heart of what the purpose of the bill is.”


Democratic State Representative Lashawn Ford introduced a measure last year that would allow for recall of Chicago’s mayor, but Harris says that didn’t go far enough. Republican Representative Mark Batinick filed a measure in the House similar to Harris’ Senate bill earlier this month.


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