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"This video concerning the topic of Law and Society, comes from the "Illinois in the Gilded Age, 1866-1896" website, which is a creation of Northern Illinois University Libraries' Digital Initiatives Unit.
Illinois’ sixth Constitutional Convention convened in Springfield on Dec. 8, 1969. Tne hundred and sixteen members — two elected from each Senatorial District — met at a nonpartisan convention to revise, alter or amend the 1870 Constitution.
After nine months of in-depth study and debate, the members presented their work-product to the people — a Constitution they considered to be workable for 25, 50— or as in the case of the 1870 Constitution — 100 years.
The Constitution was adopted in convention, Sept. 3, 1970; ratified by the people, Dec. 15, 1970; and became effective July 1, 1971. Since its adoption, 10 amendments have been approved and adopted.
Download a copy of the Illinois Constitution.