On the November General election ballot, there is a proposed constitutional amendment (below). The amendment would add Section 11 to Article IX of the Illinois Constitution. The amendment is a limitation on the power of the General Assembly or a unit of local government to use, divert or transfer transportation funds for a purpose other than transportation.
The IEA supports the proposed amendment. We believe that funds dedicated or appropriated to specific agencies and sectors should not be diverted. Education and other essential services should receive their full funding. Ultimately, the Governor and the General Assembly need to pass legislation for sufficient revenue so that education, human services, transportation and others are not competing for too few resources.
Proposed Amendment to the 1970 Illinois Constitution
Explanation of Amendment
The proposed amendment adds a new section to the Revenue Article of the Illinois Constitution. The proposed amendment provides that no moneys derived from taxes, fees, excises, or license taxes, relating to registration, titles, operation, or use of vehicles or public highways, roads, streets, bridges, mass transit, intercity passenger rail, ports, or airports, or motor fuels, including bond proceeds, shall be expended for other than costs of administering laws related to vehicles and transportation, costs for construction, reconstruction, maintenance, repair, and betterment of public highways, roads, streets, bridges, mass transit, intercity passenger rail, ports, airports, or other forms of transportation, and other statutory highway purposes, including the State or local share to match federal aid highway funds. You are asked to decide whether the proposed amendment should become part of the Illinois Constitution.
YES | NO
For the proposed addition of Section 11 to Article IX of the Illinois Constitution.