Term limits petition filed

By Alex Davis | adavis@wcia.com

Published 04/30 2014 09:52AM

Updated 04/30 2014 05:22PM

Update: 4:22 pm, 4/30/14, Wednesday
ILLINOIS -- For months, Bruce Rauner (R) has made it clear he wants term limits in Illinois. Wednesday, the Republican candidate for governor had proof others want it too.

He brought a long and lengthy petition to prove it. The petition had 590,000 signatures from people who want to see the issue on the November ballot.

The bound file of petitions was taken to the Illinois State Board of Elections by semi-truck. The file, weighing some 1,600 pounds, contained nearly twice as many signatures as required by state statue, showcasing just how big of a deal the topic really is.

This has been a hot button issue. Tuesday, Democrats voted against term limits in a Senate subcommittee, basically killing the idea.

Wednesday, it was revived. The amendment would limit state lawmakers to eight terms in office, while also making other structural and procedural changes in the legislature.

Some of the other proposed changes include altering the number of state House and Senate districts. Rauner says it would save taxpayers millions of dollars.
Original: 10:04 pm, 4/29/14, Tuesday
ILLINOIS -- Voters won't see a term-limit constitutional amendment on the November ballot. Lawmakers blocked legislation which would have let voters limit statewide executive officers to two terms. A Senate subcommittee refused to advance the term-limit measure.

Republicans say the plan wasn't an attempt to get control from Democrats, but allow for fresh blood in the seats. Wednesday, governor hopeful Bruce Rauner (R) is expected to present signatures to continue the attempt to get it on the ballot.

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