Peoria Public Radio Staff
Thu July 17, 2014
Illinois Supreme Court not in a hurry to limit legislators’ terms
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.