Everyone should read the Illinois Constitution

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After reading the Illinois Constitution and the preamble to that document, I was certain that many residents, not to mention our elected officials, may not be aware of the nature of our organizing documents.
As we move into another election cycle, we should be aware of the organizing documents of Illinois.
Ratified in 1970-1971, the Preamble to the Illinois Constitution is the mission statement of the constitution. Legislators are instructed to:
"Provide for the health, safety and welfare of the people of Illinois, maintain an orderly government, eliminate poverty and inequality, assure legal, social and economic justice and provide opportunity for the fullest development of the individual."
It is time we held our elected state officials (and all appointees) to the rigors of our state preamble.
Our first step, perhaps, is to demand that they read it.
Mary Young
Oak Park

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