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Chicago Election Officials Allege Possible Interference With City Vote

Chicago has been synonymous with election chicanery in the past, but Election Board officials today are describing a new controversy that they say they've never seen before. They are alleging a “malicious” attempt to interfere with voting in the city. Paris Schutz has the latest on that, and more on how voters are being asked to amend the Illinois Constitution when they vote tomorrow. 

Tuesday's election ballot contains more than just choices for political office and judgeships. Voters will actually be asked to weigh in on a series of questions that would change the Illinois Constitution. Other questions would be non-binding and purely advisory. 

The proposed amendments to the state’s constitution include changes to the Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights

Voters will be asked to answer "Yes" or "No" to the following:

“The proposed amendment would expand certain rights already granted to crime victims in Illinois, and give crime victims the ability to enforce their rights in a court of law.”

The second proposed constitutional amendment includes changes to the Suffrage and Elections Article of the Illinois Constitution.

Voters will be asked to answer "Yes" or "No" to the following:  

“The proposed amendment would prohibit any law that disproportionally affects the rights of eligible Illinois citizens to register to vote or cast a ballot based on the voter’s race, color, ethnicity, status as a member of a language minority, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or income.”

In addition to voting on the proposed constitutional amendments, voters will be asked to weigh in on three non-binding advisory questions.

Voters will be asked to answer “Yes” or “No” to each of the following questions:

Shall the minimum wage in Illinois for adults over the age of 18 be raised to $10 per hour by January 1, 2015?"

Shall any health insurance plan in Illinois that provides prescription drug coverage be required to include prescription birth control as part of that coverage?

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?

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