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Constitutional Convention
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Length: 25:57

linois voters will decide on Tuesday, November 4th whether the 1970 Illinois Constitution needs to be reviewed, revised, or rewritten through a constitutional convention. State law requires voters to decide at least every 20 years on whether to call for a constitutional convention. Earlier this month the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute and the League of Women Voters of Jackson County scheduled a day-long symposium on the question, and WSIU InFocus invited several of those participating in the event to discuss the pros and cons of calling a new constitutional convention. WSIU Television producer and Illinois Lawmakers host Jak Tichenor and WSIU Radio morning news anchor and reporter Jennifer Fuller discuss the issue with guests John Alexander, 1970 Illinois Convention Vice Chairman, former government professor at Western Illinois University and Lincoln Land Community College, and a convention advocate; former state Rep. Jeff Mays, R-Quincy, president of the Illinois Business Roundtable, and a convention opponent; and Charles N. Wheeler III, director of the public affairs reporting program at the University of Illinois at Springfield. A former statehouse reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, Wheeler covered the 1970 Constitutional Convention.

Host: Jak Tichenor, Jennifer Fuller
Guest(s): Jeff Mays, John Alexander, Charles N. Wheeler III
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Link To video segment: Episode: 346