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Illinoisans to vote on 2 constitutional amendments

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The November 4 ballot will give Illinois voters a chance to decide on two amendments to the state's constitution.

The Illinois Legislature voted this week to add questions on the rights of voters and the rights of crime victims on the ballot.

The voter rights amendment is sponsored by Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan. If passed, it would prevent individuals from being denied their right to register to vote or cast their ballot based on race, color, ethnicity, status as a member of a language minority, gender, sexual orientation, or income.

Democratic Senator Heather Steans of Chicago and Democratic Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie sponsor the crime victims' rights amendment, which would give more enforceable victims' rights in court proceedings and trials.

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