Verlie, Emil Joseph. Illinois Constitutions. Springfield, Ill: Trustees of the Illinois State Historical Library, 1919

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Constitution of the State of Illinois, 1870

In 1856 the general assembly submitted a proposal to call a constitutional convention, but the voters rejected it; and not until four years later was a new proposal made. This time the people ratified it, and accordingly in the latter part of 1861, seventy-five delegates were elected for a convention.

Constitution of the State of Illinois, 1848

The state expanded so rapidly in population and in interests that the first simple constitution was hopelessly outgrown, and the need of a revision became too obvious to be ignored. After an abortive effort in 1842 to have a convention called, the assembly laid the matter before the voters in 1846, and this time public opinion was overwhelmingly in favor of the move. The convention met in June, 1847, and spent nearly three months devising a new instrument; the following March its work was ratified by a large majority of the voters; and on April 1, 1848, it became operative.


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