CHICAGO - The Committee for Legislative Reform and Term Limits continued its legal battle today in the Illinois Appellate Court with the filing of its Reply Brief. The Committee, chaired by Bruce Rauner, filed its legal reply to the Madigan-backed lawsuit attempting to prevent voters from deciding on the binding Illinois constitutional amendment in November.
"The Term Limits and Reform amendment is not only constitutional, but is exactly the kind of reform the framers of the Illinois Constitution intended to be brought about by citizen initiative. Imposing term limits on lawmakers is something the General Assembly will never do themselves - it has to be the people," said Mark Campbell, Term Limits and Reform Executive Director.
"The plaintiffs' anti-citizen lawsuit will take away the people's right to vote on the Term Limits and Reform amendment. Nearly 600,000 people from across Illinois signed our petition to put the amendment on the November ballot and Illinois courts should not ignore the wishes of the people. The Illinois State Board of Elections has stated, for the record, that the Term Limits and Reform Committee has indeed filed enough valid signatures to be on the November ballot. Whichever way the court rules, we have no doubt this case will ultimately be decided in the Illinois Supreme Court." concluded Campbell.
The Illinois Appellate Court will hear oral arguments on the Term Limits case on Thursday, August 14th.
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