The Take Charge Chicago referendums are binding, meaning the voters can directly change the structure of their government by voter referendum, bypassing the Mayor and City Council. These referendums are guaranteed by Article VII of the 1970 Illinois State Constitution and would be Chicago’s first binding referendums in memory.
How does this become the Law of Chicago? It’s a two-step process.
First, 52,519 registered Chicago voters (8 percent of the Chicago turnout in the 2014 gubernatorial race) would need to sign a petition to put the two Take Charge Chicago referendum amendments on the ballot. Then, if a majority vote “Yes” on each referendum, the reforms would automatically take effect in the 2019 Mayoral election.