The Chicago City Council's Rules Committee approved three advisory voter questions for the November ballot at its Monday meeting.
Only three citywide referendums can appear on the ballot at one time. As such, a union-backed advisory referendum about creating an "Independent Airport Authority" is likely to be crowded off the November ballot.
Members of the council's Progressive Reform Caucus introduced the airport advisory referendum, also supported by SEIU* Local 1 and Citizen Action Illinois. Proponents of an Independent Airport Authority -- which would have authority over contracts and operations at Chicago's O'Hare and Midway International Airports -- say it's needed to "increase accountability and transparency" at the city's airports.
But Chicago's Aviation Department opposes the airport ballot referendum, which the Rules Committee did not advance.
One non-binding ballot question that was approved Monday would ask voters whether Chicago should create a municipal identification card program. Another ballot question focuses on school funding, with the proposed referendum asking, "Should the State of Illinois provide full and equitable funding for the Chicago Public Schools?"
The third committee-approved ballot question involves illegal gun trafficking, asking voters whether the "state of Illinois should strengthen penalties for illegal trafficking of firearms and require background checks for gun dealers and their employees."
State legislation awaiting action from Gov. Bruce Rauner seeks to address illegal gun trafficking. Under the measure, such an offense would be a felony.
The ballot questions now go to the full Chicago City Council for consideration.
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