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Glowiak Hilton moves to repeal unconstitutional purity pledge from election paperwork

Joseph McCarthySPRINGFIELD – State Senator Suzy Glowiak Hilton (D-Western Springs) is taking action to remove an unconstitutional loyalty oath that candidates filing for public office may sign, stating that the candidate is not affiliated with communist activities.

“This dated Cold War scare tactic wastes taxpayer dollars and has an immeasurable cost to our natural resources,” Glowiak Hilton said. “Printing a separate page for the oath for every candidate who files in Illinois not only wastes paper, but the time and energy of the public servants who administer our elections.”

Senate Bill 2331 would remove the optional oath, which was found to be unconstitutional in 1972. The loyalty oath was enacted by State Rep. Clyde Choate (D-Anna) in 1951. In 1996, Choate admitted to the Chicago Tribune that his legislation was both “unnecessary and ineffective.”

The legislation awaits consideration in the Illinois Senate. Lawmakers are scheduled to return to Springfield Jan. 28.

Sen. Suzy Glowiak

Sen. Suzy Glowiak

24th District

Years served: 2019–Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations II; Education; Energy and Public Utilities; Insurance; Labor (Vice-Chairperson); Local Government; Sub. on Utility Rate Regulations.

Biography: Suzy Glowiak (D-Western Springs), a mechanical engineer by trade, believes in working in a bipartisan manner to promote compromise and collaboration in order to find meaningful solutions to lower property tax bills, ensure our schools and universities have the resources to be successful and keep Illinois' children safe; Former Village Trustee in Western Springs where she served as a voice for balanced budgets; Illinois Institute of Technology (B.S. in Mechanical Engineering); Northwestern University (Masters in Manufacturing Engineering); Mother of three children.

Associated Representatives:
Terra Costa Howard
Deanne M. Mazzochi