SPRINGFIELD - With over twice the number required by law, Wednesday morning the Committee for Legislative Reform and Term Limits submitted petition signatures at the State Board of Elections to place the Term LImits and Reform constitutional amendment on the November ballot.
It took a semi-truck and 20 people to deliver the 591,092 petition signatures in a 36-foot long, 67,976 page petition to the Secretary of State's office across from the Capitol.
GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, chairman and major funder of the effort, said "All these reforms, especially term limits, will go a long way towards changing the insider culture of Springfield and send a message that power belongs in the hands of the people, not the career politicians and special interests."
The amendment limits state lawmakers to 8 years in the general assembly, while also making other structural and procedural changes to the legislature, including raising the threshold to override a gubernatorial veto to bring Illinois in line with 36 other states, and changing the number of state house and senate districts.
Governor Quinn is on record opposing term limits for the executive branch and the legislative branch.