Illinois Supreme Court not in a hurry to limit legislators’ terms

Jul 17, 2014

An effort to institute term limits in Illinois has hit a major road block.  The state Supreme Court says it will not rush to hear the case. 

The Supreme Court's decision could be the end of Republican Bruce Rauner's term limits initiative. Limiting how long legislators can be in Illinois' General Assembly has been a staple of his campaign for governor.

That takes a change in the constitution.  Rauner's group collected over a half million signatures so that question could be put to voters on the November ballot. 

But late last month, Cook County Judge Mary Mikva ruled that the term limits proposal was itself unconstitutional. 

Rauner's attorneys appealed directly to the Supreme Court.   An expedited hearing would be necessary, in order for the matter to be sorted by Aug. 22, the deadline for the state elections board  to certify the ballot. 

The Illinois Supreme Court has denied that motion; the court order gave no indication as to why.That could doom the chances for it making it on the ballot this fall.