Illinois. Constitutional Convention, 1969-1970

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Convention called to write a new constitution to replace the 1870 Illinois constitution, with Samuel Witwer chosen as president. A Constitution Study Commission had been formed in 1965 to determine the need for a convention. The convention organized nine committees to study issues and organization of state government in order to update the old constitution. The new constitution was adopted Sept. 3, 1970 and ratified by the voters on December 15, 1970.

From the description of Records, 1965-1972. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 50068576

Illinois has had four constitutions since becoming a state in 1818: the first state constitution was in effect from 1818 until 1848; the second (1848-1870); the third (1870-1970) and the fourth (1970- ). Additionally, there were Constitutional Conventions in 1862 and 1922, but the constitutions from these two conventions were not ratified by the voters.

From the description of Constitutional convention of 1970 journal, 1969-1970. (Illinois State Archive). WorldCat record id: 35920888

From the description of Constitutional convention of 1970 verbatim transcripts of the proceedings, 1969-1970. (Illinois State Archive). WorldCat record id: 35921005

From the description of Constitutional convention of 1970 proposals, 1969-1970. (Illinois State Archive). WorldCat record id: 35921031

Archival Resources
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referencedIn Weisberg, Bernard, d. 1994. Bernard Weisberg papers, 1949-1983 (bulk 1964-1976). Chicago History Museum
referencedIn Pappas, Mary Avergin, 1925-1999. Papers, 1965-1972. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Illinois constitutional convention project questionnaire, 1969-1970. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
creatorOf League of Women Voters of the Springfield Area (Springfield, Ill.). Records, 1939-1978 (bulk 1950-1978) Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Dunn, Ralph A., 1914-2004. Papers, 1913-2004, 1968-1995. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Illinois. Civil Service Commission. Correspondence with the Personnel Advisory Board, 1962-1968. Illinois State Archive
referencedIn Elmer Gertz Papers, 1789-1997, (bulk 1926-1988) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Witwer, Samuel W. (Samuel Weiler), 1908-1990. Papers, 1946-1977. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Raby, Albert A., 1933-1988. Eulogy for Peter A. Tomei, May 18, 1971. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Burman, Ian D. Papers, 1969-1971. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
creatorOf Smith, Elbert Sidney, 1911-. Papers, 1953-1982 (bulk 1967-1975). Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Jones, Mary Alice, 1898-. Harvey family papers, 1800-2007, bulk 1851-1984. Newberry Library
referencedIn Ogilvie, Richard B. Papers, 1968-1973. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Illinois State Chamber of Commerce. Education Dept. Records, 1954-1974 [1962-1973]. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Mathias, Paul E., 1903-. Papers, 1969-1970. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Rissler, Elizabeth, 1909-1993. Papers, 1960-1970. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Kearney, John A. (John Anthony), 1926-. John Kearney papers, 1958-1973. Chicago History Museum
referencedIn Gertz, Elmer, 1906-2000. Papers, 1789-1992 (bulk 1926-1988). Library of Congress
referencedIn Alexander, John, 1942-. Papers, 1969-1971 (bulk 1970) Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Illinois. Governor (1969-1973 : Ogilvie). Richard Buell Ogilvie correspondence, 1969-1973. Illinois State Archive
referencedIn Gertz, Elmer, 1906-2000. Elmer Gertz papers, 1789-1997 (bulk 1926-1988). Library of Congress
creatorOf Illinois. Constitutional Convention (1969-1970). Records, 1965-1972. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Illinois State Electoral Board. Delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1970 files, 1969. Illinois State Archive
referencedIn Reum, Lucy, ca. 1914-2005. Papers, 1970. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Canfield, Robert R., 1909-1994. Papers, 1970. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Leahy, Mary L. C. (Mary Lee C.), 1940-. An interview with Mary Lee Leahy / Mary Lee Leahy ; Mark R. DePue, interviewer. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
creatorOf Illinois. Constitutional Convention (1969-1970). Constitutional convention of 1970 journal, 1969-1970. Illinois State Archive
referencedIn Meek, Joseph, 1904-1976. Papers, 1942-1972. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
creatorOf Kerner, Otto, 1908-1976. Family Papers, 1922-1976 1965-1976. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn League of Women Voters (Carbondale, Ill.). Carbondale League of Women Voters records, 1925-1980. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
creatorOf Tomei, Peter A. (Peter Andrew), 1934-1971. Peter A. Tomei papers on the 1970 Illinois Constitutional Convention, 1962-1971. Chicago History Museum
creatorOf Illinois. Constitutional Convention (1969-1970). Constitutional convention of 1970 proposals, 1969-1970. Illinois State Archive
referencedIn Friedman, Richard E., b. 1929. Richard E. Friedman papers, 1970-1971. Chicago History Museum
referencedIn Illinois. Office of Secretary of State. File on the 1970 constitution, 1970-1971. Illinois State Archive
creatorOf Illinois. Constitutional Convention (1969-1970). Constitutional convention of 1970 verbatim transcripts of the proceedings, 1969-1970. Illinois State Archive
referencedIn Day, Robert G., 1913-. Papers, 1968-1970. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Knuppel, John L. Papers, 1969-1972 (1970) Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
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associatedWith Alexander, John, 1942- person
associatedWith Burman, Ian D. person
associatedWith Canfield, Robert R., 1909-1994. person
associatedWith Day, Robert G., 1913- person
associatedWith Dunn, Ralph A., 1914-2004. person
associatedWith Friedman, Richard E., b. 1929. person
associatedWith Gertz, Elmer, 1906-2000. person
associatedWith Illinois. corporateBody
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associatedWith Illinois. Civil Service Commission. corporateBody
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associatedWith Illinois. Governor (1969-1973 : Ogilvie) corporateBody
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associatedWith Kearney, John A. (John Anthony), 1926- person
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associatedWith Leahy, Mary L. C. (Mary Lee C.), 1940- person
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associatedWith Mathias, Paul E., 1903- person
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associatedWith Ogilvie, Richard B. person
associatedWith Pappas, Mary Avergin, 1925-1999. person
associatedWith Raby, Albert A., 1933-1988. person
associatedWith Reum, Lucy, ca. 1914-2005. person
associatedWith Rissler, Elizabeth, 1909-1993. person
associatedWith Smith, Elbert Sidney, 1911- person
associatedWith Tomei, Peter A. (Peter Andrew), 1934-1971. person
associatedWith Weisberg, Bernard, d. 1994. person
associatedWith Witwer, Samuel W. 1908-1990. person
associatedWith Witwer, Samuel W. (Samuel Weiler), 1908-1990. person
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Illinois
Illinois
Illinois
Illinois
Subject
Civil rights
Constitutional convention
Constitutions, State
Elections
Environmental policy
Government aid to private schools
Income tax
Local government
Minorities
Municipal home rule
Revenue
Schools
Voting age
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Active 1969

Active 1970

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