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Where did the the constitutional amendment succeed?

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller

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In a historic win for organized labor, Illinoisans are adding a new amendment to the state constitution that will dedicate a “fundamental right” for workers to unionize and the ability to collectively bargain, according to unofficial results from The Associated Press. […]

The passage of a constitutional amendment is a rare act and the referendum question was being closely watched by union and business leaders across the nation. The Illinois measure required 60% of those voting on the question to vote “yes” for it to pass or 50% of all ballots cast to vote in favor of the question. […]

The amendment outperformed Democrats in many counties throughout the state, particularly in more conservative downstate areas.

In the small, far southern county of Massac, for instance, the “yes” vote on the amendment won by two percentage points even though Republican candidate for governor Darren Bailey easily defeated Pritzker in the county, according to the AP.

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According to projections, the amendment received about 2.1 million “yes” votes and 1.5 million votes against. That’s 58.4 percent of the votes cast on that issue but about 53 percent of all the ballots cast in the election.

* Click here to see the list of county results. Click here to see a map of where the measure is currently clearing a constitutional hurdle for passage (60 percent of those voting on the question or a majority of all those voting in the election).

The measure received 53 percent of the vote in DuPage County, but hasn’t yet received a majority of those voting on the question. It got to 55 percent in Lake County, but the amendment has so far missed receiving majority support from all voters by just a hair.

It has 60 percent or more in Cook, St. Clair, Champaign, Rock Island and Jackson counties. It has less than 30 percent in Effingham, Wayne, Clay, Jasper and Edwards counties. It’s at almost 80 percent in vote-rich Chicago and 64 percent in vote-rich suburban Cook.

       

23 Comments »
  1. - AFSCME Steward - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 11:06 am:

    If this doesn’t prove that Illinois is a union state, what will? The GOP needs to stop running against labor. Do the extreme right loonies understand there are many many union members that vote Republican? Constantly bashing labor is the same as Kari Lake telling McCain Republicans to leave. They did she lost. Alienate union voters in Illinois, you lose.

    “In the small, far southern county of Massac, for instance, the “yes” vote on the amendment won by two percentage points even though Republican candidate for governor Darren Bailey easily defeated Pritzker in the county, according to the AP.”


  2. - PublicServant - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 11:08 am:

    Take that IPI, Center Square, Wirepoints, Uihlein, Griffin,and all you other “Right to Work for less” radicals.


  3. - Rabid - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 11:13 am:

    Rauner motivated my trade union to form a PAC, that championed the amendment. Because rauner


  4. - Grandson of Man - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 11:18 am:

    “The amendment outperformed Democrats in many counties throughout the state, particularly in more conservative downstate areas”

    When the words “unions” and “Democrats” are not in the ads, and instead workers’ rights is used, certain voters’ guards may drop. These rights have no political party or ideology in and of themselves, it’s just that one political party strongly opposes them. Great messaging by Vote Yes, to not include language that would repel certain voters.


  5. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 11:23 am:

    === certain voters’ guards may drop===

    Happens a lot in referendum states like Missouri. Dem brand is toxic, but quite a few Dem issues are not.


  6. - DHS Drone - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 11:31 am:

    Just an anecdote but I pass by this one gas station in suburban Cook every day. Next door to it is an empty lot. Someone stuck a Bailey sign there a few weeks back. A couple days later a pro-WRA sign was put right next to it. I first thought it was trolling but now I wonder if someone deliberately paired them up. Pretty smart it seems like.


  7. - DuPage Saint - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 11:32 am:

    @Rich. Happens a lot in referendum states like Missouri. Dem brand is toxic, but quite a few Dem issues are not.

    That really is one of the mist profound states I have ever read in Capital fax. It should be memorized by every Republican candidate for office everywhere


  8. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 11:35 am:

    ==Dem brand is toxic, but quite a few Dem issues are not.==

    “Tory men with Whig measures” is a pretty ancient recipe for success.


  9. - Anyone Remember - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 11:37 am:

    Across the river, in 2018, when Josh Hawley beat Claire McCaskill 51-46, Right to Work (for less) lost 33-67. In Opposite Land.


  10. - Cermak Dr. - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 12:33 pm:

    I always find the wording to these types of votes odd. Unless you have researched each item on the ballot it can be tricky to understand the Yes/No.
    At least for me. I wonder if adding a small description of what it means would help for understanding purposes. Glad it passed, will secure my 17% union raise in 23.


  11. - thechampaignlife - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 12:55 pm:

    ===The measure received 53 percent of the vote in DuPage County, but hasn’t yet received a majority of those voting on the question.===

    This may be just the way I parsed your grammatically correct sentence, but I read that as saying they received 53% of all ballots (including undervotes), but less than 50% of those who voted Yes on the amendment question. That obviously does not make sense. So, for anyone else who was confused, try reading it this way:

    The measure received 53 percent of the vote in DuPage County, but hasn’t yet received a majority-of-those-voting (ballots cast) on the question.


  12. - burbanite - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 1:14 pm:

    A couple people commented to me that they didn’t see it on the ballot in DuPage. I think placement there was an issue.


  13. - levivotedforjudy - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 1:14 pm:

    Growing up in the Metro-East and playing ball in SE IL, that used to be union country and a lot of those counties were D’s then. Ironically, nationally, the D’s have been branded elitist and the GOP brand supports the “working” man. I am not surprised by this. I this also makes me old.


  14. - Pundent - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 1:30 pm:

    =Dem brand is toxic, but quite a few Dem issues are not.=

    That’s why the Affordable Care Act remains more popular than Obamacare. And we continue to be a pro-union state amongst Republicans as well. Ask people in Decatur or Peoria how they generally feel towards management at ADM or Cat and you’ll get an earful.


  15. - train111 - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 2:00 pm:

    burbanite

    I do believe you are right about the ammendment placement on the ballot in Du Page County. I voted through my ballot and realized I had never found the ammendment question. It took a little searching to find it. Probably was missed by several.

    train111


  16. - Annonin' - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 2:43 pm:

    IPI honcho Matt Paprocki writes the Proft/Uline & cronies voter suppression effort helped the passage of the Worker’s Right Amendment pass. Another kudo for the whack jobs


  17. - Nearly Normal - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 2:43 pm:

    There are two voting jurisdictions in McLean County. One is the county clerk who handles the voting for everything but the City of Bloomington which has had its own election commission since 1914. The amendment failed in the county by only 297 votes. In the City of Bloomington it passed by 3123 votes. Out of a total of 61,502 votes, the Yes votes were 32,165. That’s 52.29%


  18. - this - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 3:26 pm:

    The blue-collar suburb we call Rock Island County has to be the most reliably blue county in downstate — election after election after election. That crew must be doing something right.


  19. - HouseofLyons - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 3:36 pm:

    I was going to say that “downstate” every major metro area pulled their county in favor but then I noticed Winnebago County. What’s up with Rockford?


  20. - thechampaignlife - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 4:03 pm:

    ===A couple people commented to me that they didn’t see it on the ballot in DuPage.===

    https://electionresults.dupageco.org/election/ballots/2022/General/Bloomingdale%20%20006-0094-NP.PDF

    Seems pretty straightforward to me. There is a wall of instructions/description/translations above it, but I am not sure how that could be improved. 90.8% of ballots cast a vote on the amendment in DuPage, so it seemed to not be an issue for the vast majority.


  21. - thechampaignlife - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 4:08 pm:

    ===the Proft/Uline & cronies voter suppression effort helped the passage of the Worker’s Right Amendment===

    You gotta give them props for drinking their own medicine, and unilaterally disarming. They must be true believers.


  22. - MisterJayEm - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 4:42 pm:

    “Dem brand is toxic, but quite a few Dem issues are not.”

    Which is why Dems should A) campaign on those issues, and B) govern by delivering on those issues.

    And if that seems dirt-simple, it’s only because it is.

    – MrJM


  23. - ThatGuyinBlono - Wednesday, Nov 16, 22 @ 5:30 pm:

    Super proud McLean Co got 52% on the Q.
    I pretty flipped 2 conservative voters on every walk just by having a face too face conversation. People are tired of fearmongering, and I think coming out of the pandemic more and more neighbors answer their doors to talk to visitors. Pro-social behavior is back!


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