SPRINGFIELD – The Committee for Legislative Reform and Term Limits, chaired by GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, held a press conference today demanding the Illinois Supreme Court act quickly in deciding if a Term Limits amendment can be put before the voters in November.
A Cook County judge ruled the petition calling for the referendum, which was signed by nearly 600,000 people, did not meet the threshold to go on the ballot.
“Time is running out for the people of Illinois who overwhelmingly want the opportunity to vote on term limits this November," said Rauner. "Make no mistake about it – the people of Illinois want term limits. Nearly 600,000 Illinoisans signed the petition to put our amendment on the November ballot and the State Board of Elections has certified that we submitted more than enough signatures to be on the ballot in November."
Illinois law requires ballots for the November election to be certified by August 22nd, but extensions are possible.
“Regardless of the Appellate Court’s decision, the Supreme Court will immediately need to take up the case and let the people be heard,” continued Rauner. “The amendment is constitutional and exactly the kind of initiative the framers envisioned when they provided for the ballot initiative process. With a favorable ruling from the Supreme Court, we’ll have term limits on the ballot this November – voters will pass it overwhelmingly – and the clock will start running on the Springfield career politicians in January,” Rauner concluded.