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Our View: Amendments move forward

Published: Saturday, May 3, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

The Northwest Herald Editorial Board offers this week’s thumbs up and thumbs down:

Thumbs up: To voter initiatives for term limits and redistricting reform collecting what appears to be enough signatures to get proposed Illinois Constitution amendments on the November ballot. The remapping amendment would create an independent commission to draw a new political map for the Legislature every decade. The term limits amendment would place limits on General Assembly members.

Thumbs down: To the Democratic party attorney who filed a lawsuit arguing the remapping amendment goes beyond the constitutional limits of a voter initiative amendment. Both these proposed amendments are aimed at curbing politicians’ power, which is why Democratic party wonks will fight these measures to the hilt.

Thumbs up: To the village of Huntley and Weber Grills for working out the details to allow a major expansion expected to bring 500 jobs to Huntley – the first big benefit of making Route 47 and I-90 a full interchange. In a time when many businesses are leaving Illinois and taking good jobs with them, we’re pleased to see Weber expanding in the village.

Thumbs down: To parents who still fear vaccinating their children. A 1998 study published an article linking autism to the combination vaccine that addresses measles, mumps and rubella. The article was fully retracted. It’s been debunked. Yet enough Jenny McCarthy types have caused a heightened health risk, according to the CDC. Measles cases are on the rise, and the greater community has been affected. It’s time to stop this madness. Vaccinate your children.

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