(CBS) — Those who want to see an elected Board of Education in Chicago say this week’s overwhelming referendum vote in favor of the idea may be symbolic, but it’s a real boost, too.

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports from City Hall.

Ballot questions are non-binding, but Jitu Brown, director of the Journey for Justice Alliance, says having about 90 percent of those who voted in three dozen wards support an elected school board helps the cause.

“It demonstrates the public will, the public demand. It’s a good instrument to utilize when you’re trying to move legislators to support a particular issue,��� Brown tells Dellimore in the latest edition of WBBM’s “At Issue,” airing 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sunday on 780AM and 105.9FM.

School officials and incumbent Mayor Emanuel argue there has been more progress made with the mayor having primary responsibility. Brown questions that.

“How can schools be improving if over 300 schools were put on academic probation?” he said. “The number tripled.”