CHICAGO - Although the term limits state constitutional amendment was rejected by the Illinois Supreme Court last week, GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner told reporters Monday his legal team expects to return to the state's highest court again.
The first step was going back to the state's First District Appellate Court, which said Monday it would hear the case and expedite its ruling. Either way the appellate court decides, the case will be appealed back the state's highest court. With ballot printing deadlines less than a month away, timing will be crucial.
“We’re asking this court to make an expedited decision, we think they owe it to you, they owe it to the voters of our state to make a prompt decision on this and then let the voters decide the issue,” Rauner said at a news conference.
While limiting lawmakers' terms to eight years, the proposal also makes changes to the number of state House members and the number needed to overrule gubernatorial vetoes.
Despite those changes, however, Cook County Judge Mary Mikva said in her ruling on the matter that “any term limits initiative appears to be outside what is permissible,” under the state’s constitution.