Illinois voters hoping to impose term limits on their lawmakers may be disappointed.
A Cook County judge has ruled that a proposed term limits constitutional amendment goes beyond the scope of what’s allowed to go on the ballot. The pro-term limits group formed by Republican nominee for governor Bruce Rauner says special interests derailed their effort… but they are vowing to appeal to the state Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, backers of a second proposed constitutional amendment that would change how Illinois legislative districts are drawn are throwing in the towel on their effort. That same Cook County judge ruled Friday that their proposal also went beyond the types of amendments that can be considered under the state constitution… but the group was also facing a likely ruling from the State Board of Elections that it did not have enough valid petition signatures to get on the ballot.
Supporters say they will take the lessons from this year’s effort and apply them to a future attempt at remap reform.