IL Freedom Caucus calls out blatant power grab with bill banning slating in legislative races

Friday, May 3, 2024

Springfield, IL – The Illinois Freedom Caucus says the state’s tyrannical overlords have demonstrated once again the only thing they care about is acquiring and maintaining power.

The Illinois Democrats rammed through a measure to strip local parties of the ability to slate candidates in legislative races if no one filed to run in the Primary Election. Senate Bill 2412 also authorizes three ballot questions for the November election which means the Right to Parent ballot question cannot appear on the November ballot. State law only allows for three ballot questions in a given election and the initiatives authorized by legislative action supersede citizen-driven ballot measures. The Right to Parent petition asks voters if parents should have the right to consent to medical treatment for their kids at school and in matters pertaining to gender identity issues involving their children.

“This legislation is nothing more than a power grab for Democrats. Slating candidates has been a time honored tradition in our election process. It is a tool both parties have used for decades. The reason the Democrats want to strip this ability now is because they know many of their members are vulnerable to challengers. They do not want to give voters a real choice in elections because they fear the choices voters would make.

And their fears are understandable. Our state is being run into the ground by a cadre of incompetents. Instead of addressing our broken pension systems and getting spending under control, the unserious majority party is making sure citizens can’t own exotic animals. They can push through a partisan train wreck like Senate Bill 2412 in record time but heaven forbid we take any action at all on the important issues facing our state. Maybe sometime in the year 2070 we will finally get that report from the Property Tax Relief Task Force. But probably not.

The Democrats don’t want parents to voice their concerns with the woke agenda being forced on their kids and they don’t want voters to have a real choice in the upcoming election. Perhaps if we start using titles such as ‘The Keep Democrats in Power for All Eternity Act’ on our reform legislation we can actually get something meaningful done in Springfield. One can only hope.”

The Illinois Freedom Caucus is comprised of State Representatives Chris Miller (R-Hindsboro), chairman; Blaine Wilhour (R-Beecher City), vice-chairman; Adam Niemerg (R-Dieterich); Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville); Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur); Jed Davis (R-Newark) and David Friess (R-Red Bud). The members of the Illinois Freedom Caucus are members of the Illinois General Assembly who are advocating for limited government, lower taxes and accountability, and integrity in government.