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  Illinois approves Equal Rights Amendment, 36 years after deadline
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Last EditedRP  May 31, 2018 10:47am
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AuthorRick Pearson, Bill Lukitsch
MediaNewspaper - Chicago Tribune
News DateThursday, May 31, 2018 02:45:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe Illinois House voted Wednesday night to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment more than 45 years after it was approved by Congress, putting it one state away from possible enshrinement in the U.S. Constitution amid potential legal questions.

The 72-45 vote by the House, following an April vote by the Senate, was just one more vote than needed for ratification. It does not need the approval of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who has said he supports equal rights but was faulted by Democrats for not taking a position on the ERA.

Opponents also contended the measure may be moot, since its original 1982 ratification deadline has long since expired. Supporters argued, however, that the 1992 ratification of the 1789 “Madison Amendment,” preventing midterm changes in congressional pay, makes the ERA a legally viable change to the constitution.
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