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Illinois House Joint Resolution 115



1                          HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 

2      WHEREAS, The Founders of our country empowered state 

3 legislators to be guardians of liberty against future abuses of 

4 power by the federal government; and 


5      WHEREAS, The federal government has created a crushing 

6 national debt through improper and imprudent spending; and 


7      WHEREAS, The federal government has invaded the legitimate 

8 roles of the states through the manipulative process of federal

9 mandates, most of which are unfunded to a great extent; and 


10      WHEREAS, The federal government has ceased to live under a 

11 proper interpretation of the Constitution of the United States; 

12 and 


13     WHEREAS, It is the solemn duty of the states to protect the 

14 liberty of our people -particularly for the generations to

15 come -by proposing Amendments to the Constitution of the 

16 United States through a Convention of the States under Article 

17 V for the purpose of restraining these and related abuses of 

18 power; therefore, be it 









1 SENATE CONCURRING HEREIN, that the State of Illinois hereby 

2 makes application to Congress under the provisions of Article V 

3 of the Constitution of the United States for the calling of a

4 convention of the states limited to proposing amendments to the 

5 Constitution of the United States that impose fiscal restraints 

6 on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of 

7 the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its 

8 officials and for members of Congress; and be it further 


9      RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State is hereby directed to

10 transmit copies of this application to the President and the 

11 Secretary of the United States Senate, the Speaker and the 

12 Clerk of the United States House of Representatives, and the 

13 members of the Senate and House of Representatives from this 

14 State; copies shall also be transmitted to the presiding 

15 officers of each of the legislative houses in the several

16 states, requesting their cooperation; and be it further 


17      RESOLVED, That this application constitutes a continuing 

18 application in accordance with Article V of the Constitution of 

19 the United States until the legislatures of at least two-thirds 

20 of the several states have made applications on the same 

21 subject; and be it further 


22      RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be delivered to 

23 the Secretary of State.