Appointed Auditor Question on Ballot in Upcoming Election
"Shall the elected Office of Auditor of McLean
County be eliminated and the functions of
said office be performed by an officer appointed
by the County Board?
This is the question appearing on the ballot in the November 4 election. The
League of Women Voters of McLean County is recommending a "YES" vote on this
question. The League's opinion is based on a long-held position that offices
with only administrative functions should not be elected because there is no
way for the voting public to judge the performance of such an office. The
League's observations of county government over the years has reinforced
this long-standing position. Please vote Yes on November 4.
Wine Tasting & Social
Tuesday, December 2
5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
McLean County Arts Center
611 N. East Street, Bloomington
Stay tuned for more details.
Mark Your Calendar!!
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center
Thursday, October 30, 2014
13th Congressional District Candidates
Illinois State University, Normal
Please click here for directions.
This is an opportunity to get to know the candidates for the Illinois 13th Congressional District. This district includes parts of Champaign, Bloomington and Springfield, all of Decatur, and extends as far south as the Illinois Metro St. Louis area. The candidates vying for this congressional seat are U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, and his Democratic challenger, Judge Ann Callis of Edwardsville.
Davis, 44, has lived in Taylorville since the age of seven and graduated from Millikin University in 1992. After graduating from college, Davis worked for then Secretary of State George Ryan. In 2000, he took a position on the staff of former Congressman John Shimkus. He served with Shimkus until winning his seat in Congress in 2012.
Callis, 50, was born in Granite City, Illinois and received her bachelor's degree and law degree from St. Louis University. She served as a prosecutor in the Madison County and St. Clair County state's attorney offices prior to becoming an associate judge in the Illinois Third Judicial Circuit in 1995. She was named a circuit judge in 1999, and chief judge in 2006.
The event is being co-sponsored with the American Democracy Project of ISU and Pi Sigma Alpha. Ample parking is available in the Bone Student Center Parking Lot. Click here for more information.
November 4, 2014 Election
There are several constitutional amendments and advisory referenda which will be on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Illinois. The LWVIL Issues Committee has prepared several documents to provide background information on these and other election items. Link on the following links to give you the information on these amendments and referenda.
Illinois Constitutional Amendments & Advisory Referenda Ballot Questions
- One-page discussion of each amendment or referendum telling how the issue relates to League positions. (If one does not relate to an existing position, information is provided on both sides of the issue.)
Constitutional Amendment Adding Section 8, Voter Discrimination, to Article III,
Suffrage and Elections. (Link)
Constitutional Amendment of Section 8.1 - Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights -
to Article I of the Constitution of Illinois. (Link)
Advisory Referendum: "Shall the Minimum Wage in Illinois for
adults over the age of 18 be raised to $10 per hour by January 1,
Advisory Referendum on Women’s Health: "Shall any health insurance plan in
Illinois that provides prescription drug coverage be required to include prescription
birth control as part of that coverage?" (Link)
Advisory Referendum: The Tax for Education Referendum, also known as the Millionaires Tax: "Should the Illinois Constitution be amended to require that each school district receive additional revenue, based on their number of students, from an additional 3% tax on income greater than one million dollars?" (Link)
Brochure which summarizes the information from the one-page discussions (Link)