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Council To Consider Referendum On 'Citizens United'

Evanston's city council has scheduled a special meeting to decide on a referendum that would ask voters whether federal and state governments should be able to limit political contributions from corporations.

Evanston's city council will vote this week on whether or not to place a referendum on the November 2012 ballot asking residents if federal and state governments should be able to limit corporation's political contributions.

The council's vote comes after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in May. They held that placing limits on corporate donations to political entities was an infringement of free speech. 

Ald. Coleen Burrus suggested the advisory referendum, according to city documents. If council approves the referendum, voters would be asked whether the U.S. Constitution should be amended so that governments could restrict corporation's campaign contributions.

The council has scheduled a special meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at the to vote on a possible referendum for the Nov. 6, 2012 ballot.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article stated an incorrect location for the meeting. It will be held at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Center. We sincerely regret the error.

Rick August 15, 2012 at 12:29 AM
What a silly exercise. What's the point? For aldermen to demonstrate to their constituents how earnestly they care about the big, weighty issues? On the other hand, if the Council wastes time on this meaningless exercise, they'll have less time to carry out real mischief.
Richard Schulte August 15, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Insanity. . . .the City Council ought to be focusing on the criminal activity in Evanston.
lucas August 15, 2012 at 02:44 AM
YUP Ric this is really silly. Waste of Tax Dollars. But this Council is good at that.
Jim Osburn August 15, 2012 at 08:08 PM
This must mean that Evanston's budget deficit has been fixed, street crime is decreasing and the streats and sewers are repairing themselves. Therefore there's time for this wase of time and money!
mij August 15, 2012 at 08:35 PM
I'm waiting for Patch to post an article about th speed limit change o Oakton.

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