Appeals Court Says Term Limits Can’t Be On Ballot

August 20, 2014
Bruce Rauner speaks

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner speaks with reporters during a term limits news conference Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The clock is ticking for the possibility of Illinois voters getting to vote on term limits this year

(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

An Illinois appeals court has upheld a ruling that a term limits question cannot appear on the November ballot.

A three-judge panel of the Chicago-based 1st District Court of Appeals issued its decision Wednesday.  

The Committee for Legislative Reform and Term Limits gathered about 600,000 signatures for an initiative to limit legislators to eight years in office, among other changes. The group is led by Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner.  

But attorneys with ties to top Democrats sued to keep the measure off the ballot.  

A Cook County judge sided with the group, calling the effort unconstitutional.  

The term limits group appealed. They're now expected to ask the Illinois Supreme Court to consider the issue.  

The high court declined earlier this year to immediately consider the lower court's ruling.

After the ruling was announced, the Committee for Legislative Reform and Term Limits announced it would immediately appeal it to the Illinois Supreme Court.

Story source: AP