1. Cut all state tax rates and fees to their 2002 levels. Blagojevich-proposed tax & fee increases caused many companies to leave Illinois, harming the state's economy.
2. Consolidate public school districts, ensuring that each district includes at least one high school, at least one junior high, and at least one elementary school. Illinois includes many districts that include one school each. Each district collects property taxes from the homeowners, of the district, and each district has employees, with an average superintendent salary of $120,000, per year. The taxpayers could save money, if some districts are consolidated.
3. Repeal the 2003 law which states that illegal aliens may attend state universities and pay in-state tuition.
6. Approve, for the Nov. 2012 ballot, an amendment, for the state constitution, to allow recall elections of all elected officials. The number of petition signatures, for a recall, would be the same as the number that is needed, for run for that office.
7. Approve, for the Nov. 2012 ballot, an amendment for the state constitution, that would state that, when a state legislator dies or resigns, with at least four months remaining in his or her term, the governor will choose dates for a special primary election and a special general election.
9. Approve, for the Nov. 2012 ballot, an amendment, for the state constitution, for binding, citizen-proposed, statewide referendums. To get on the ballot, the supporters would be required to submit at least 5,000 petition signatures.
10. Approve, for the Nov. 2012 ballot, an amendment, for the state constitution, that would state that, if an Illinois U.S. senator resigns or dies with at least four months remaining, in his or her term, the governor will choose dates for a special primary election and a special general election. On the same day that the governor announces the election dates, he or she would make a temporary appointment, someone who would fill the Senate seat and may also run, in the special elections, if he or she chooses.
11. Starting in 2014, all regularly scheduled elections will be held in even-numbered years. Each township, city, school board, library board, and park district board may choose whether their elections will be held during the years of presidential elections or the years of governor elections. This would greatly decrease the amount of money that the state, county, township, and city governments pay, to administer elections.
12. Starting a year after this bill is signed, a state government employee must work for the state for at least 20 years, to receive a state pension. The pension will not be more than 1/2 of the highest salary that the employee received. This is used for military members, who risk their lives for our country.
13. Starting in Jan. 2012, state legislators will decrease their salary to $55,000, per legislator, per year, and they won't accept a raise while the state government has a budget deficit.
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