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Tri States Public Radio and NPR News will provide you with updated stories from all of our local and national elections between now and November. The NPR News element below will be updated constantly, and will sometimes provide live coverage and audio from important events leading up to the November elections. You can find all of our local coverage after the jump.Election 2012 News From NPR

No Shortage of Critics for Illinois Constitutional Amendment

Amanda Vinicky

Illinois legislators overwhelmingly backed a constitutional amendment, saying it will prevent the state's massive pension deficit from growing by making it more difficult for lawmakers to increase public employees’ pensions.

But critics are coming at it from all sides.

The League of Women Voters says the constitution's not the place to deal with such a specific issue.  Unions are fighting it and say it'll lead to gridlock when municipal governments try to do contracts. A lawsuit argues the wording is deceptive. A University of Illinois professor alleges the phrasing could overrule a constitutional guarantee protecting pensions.

In addition, the Illinois Policy Institute's Kristina Rasmussen said, "Constitutional Amendment 49 is a classic case of fake reform."

Both backers and opponents agree the amendment does nothing to address the $83 billion pension deficit.

But supporters say it'll prevent that number from growing higher in the future.

Voters will have the final say. The measure is the first item on ballots across Illinois for the November 6 election.

Thanks to Illinois Public Radio

Rich is TSPR's News Director.