Appeals Court Keeps Term Limits Off Ballot; Rauner's Group Appeals

WTVO/WQRF -- Minutes after an appellate court ruled against putting a term limits referendum on the November ballot, the group behind the initiative led by Republican candidate for Governor Bruce Rauner filed an appeal asking the State Supreme Court to hear the case.

“Let the people of Illinois decide for themselves if they want to term limit legislators," Rauner said in a news release. "Time is running out - the Illinois Supreme Court needs to take the case. 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 enough signatures to be on the ballot. The people deserve to have their voices heard.”

Both a lower court and an the appellate court have ruled that the initiative does not mean standards for a ballot initiative set in the Illinois Constitution based on a ruling on a term limits ballot measure pushed by now Gov. Pat Quinn in 1994.

The Illinois Board of Elections is scheduled to certify the November ballot by the end of this week, although an emergency appeal could delay that if the State Supreme Court agrees to hear the case. The high court has refused pleas by Rauner's group to hear the case on an expidited basis in the past.

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