term limits


Gov. Bruce Rauner wants the legislature's help in making two big changes to the state's constitution, but the Illinois House Speaker isn't on board. It's one of various causes of gridlock at the state capitol.

As a candidate last year, Rauner talked a lot about term limits. Now that he's governor, he's pushing for lawmakers to sign on. The governor often repeats his goal of removing power from what he calls the "political class" -- in particular from House Speaker Michael Madigan.

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Governor Rauner spent most of the past four months traveling around Illinois, touting his so-called "Turnaround Agenda."

Some of his requests, like allowing localities to create right-to-work zones, faced an uphill battle from the beginning. But other items, like term limits, have been popular with voters since the governor ran on them last year.

Now Democrats, who control the legislature, refuse to bring a term limit proposal to a vote. They say it's a distraction from passing a state budget before the weekend's deadline.

Rauner Continues Fight For Term Limits Initiative

Jul 22, 2014

The Republican candidate for Illinois governor says he’ll take his term limits proposal to the state Supreme Court.

That’s after his effort received a setback late last week.

Republican Bruce Rauner got the signatures needed to have voters weigh in on how many terms an Illinois legislator can serve.

But a Cook County judge ruled his plan to be unconstitutional - and kicked it off the ballot.

Attorneys for the term limits effort wanted the Illinois Supreme Court to take up the case so it could be decided ahead of November election.


The question of term limits will get its day in court, in time for this fall’s election. An Illinois appellate court agreed to hear an expedited appeal from supporters of a term limits referendum, led by Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner.

Cook County Judge Mary Mikva ruled today that three signature-driven ballot measures don't meet constitutional requirements and cannot be on this fall's general election ballot. 

Two of the measures call for legislative term limits, and another asks for the formation of an independent commission to oversee the state's political map-drawing process. 

Attorneys for advocates of the term limits measures say they will appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court next week.

Vallas Questions Effort For Term Limits

Apr 8, 2014
Brian Mackey

The Democratic candidate to be Illinois’ next Lieutenant Governor is skeptical about an effort to place term limits on state legislators.

Paul Vallas is the running mate of Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn.

Vallas says the governor supports term limits.

But he says the proposed constitutional changes would also include other issues not related to term limits.

That ballot initiative would also increase the number of State Representatives - and reduce the number of state senators.