House: Let Voters Decide on Lieutenant Governor Job

By: The AP
By: The AP

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois House wants to let voters decide whether to keep state government's No. 2 job.

Rep. David McSweeney's proposed constitutional amendment on the long-derided post of lieutenant governor passed 81-30 Thursday. If it gets the Senate's OK voters would decide in 2014.

McSweeney -- a Barrington Hills Republican -- says eliminating the job would save $2 million a year. The attorney general would fill a vacancy at the top.

Past efforts to close the office have foundered. Lieutenant governors play largely ceremonial roles.

One lieutenant governor quit in 1981 citing boredom. One resigned in 1998 for another job but relented.

Two lieutenant governors in the past 45 years -- including current Gov. Pat Quinn -- took the top spot upon a vacancy.

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The bill is HJRCA18.

Online: http://www.ilga.gov


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