term limits http://wuis.org en Supreme Court Won't Take Up Term Limits http://wuis.org/post/supreme-court-wont-take-term-limits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>An effort to institute term limits in Illinois has hit a major road block. The state Supreme Court says it will not rush to hear the case.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Supreme Court's decision could be the end of Republican Bruce </span>Rauner's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> term limits initiative.</span></p><p>Limiting how long legislators can be in Illinois' General Assembly has been a staple of his campaign for governor.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:22:22 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 29509 at http://wuis.org Supreme Court Won't Take Up Term Limits Rauner's Discarded Term Limit Initiative Mirrors Quinn's 1994 Effort http://wuis.org/post/rauners-discarded-term-limit-initiative-mirrors-quinns-1994-effort <p>Governor Pat Quinn and his Republican challenger, Bruce Rauner, disagree about plenty -- everything from gun rights and restrictions, to what Illinois' income tax should be. But with Friday's ruling by a Cook County judge knocking a term limits initiative off the ballot, the candidates have something in common.</p><p></p><p>Though there has been a lot of turnover in the General Assembly in recent years, some politicians have been serving in Springfield for decades.</p><p>Chief among them House Speaker Michael Madigan, who has been a state representative since 1971.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:27:04 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 28209 at http://wuis.org Rauner's Discarded Term Limit Initiative Mirrors Quinn's 1994 Effort Judge Nixes Term Limit, Remap Initiatives http://wuis.org/post/judge-nixes-term-limit-remap-initiatives <p>A Cook County judge has ruled that signature-driven ballot measures calling for legislative term limits and a new political redistricting process can't appear on the November ballot.<br />&nbsp;<br />Cook County Circuit Court Judge Mary Mikva says in a Friday ruling the measures don't meet constitutional requirements to make the ballot.<br />&nbsp;<br />The ruling is a setback for groups advocating the measures, including one led by Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner.&nbsp; He's made term limits<br />a cornerstone of his campaign to unseat Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:32:24 +0000 Associated Press 28171 at http://wuis.org Judge Nixes Term Limit, Remap Initiatives Listen To State Week - June 20, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-june-20-2014 <p></p><p>Citizen initiatives on redistricting and term limits are facing challenges on their way toward inclusion on the November ballot.&nbsp; Governor Quinn signs legislation undoing cuts to the Medicaid program.&nbsp; Also, Illinois Congressman Peter Roskam loses his bid to join the House leadership team in Washington D.C.</p><p></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:42:58 +0000 Bob Meyer 27704 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - June 20, 2014 Term Limit, Political Map Lawsuit Unfolds In Court http://wuis.org/post/term-limit-political-map-lawsuit-unfolds-court <p>The decision of whether two November ballot measures dealing with term limits and redistricting are constitutional is in the hands of a Cook<br />County judge.<br />&nbsp;<br />Oral arguments were Wednesday in a lawsuit attempting to keep both measures off<br />the ballot.<br />&nbsp;<br />Cook County Circuit Court Judge Mary Mikva says she'll issue a written decision by noon on June 27.<br />&nbsp;<br />Mikva has said she wants to expedite a ruling because it will affect the November election. Ballots are certified in August.<br />&nbsp; Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:16:49 +0000 Associated Press 27541 at http://wuis.org Term Limit, Political Map Lawsuit Unfolds In Court Term Limits Push Has Enough Signatures, But Lawsuit Still Threatens http://wuis.org/post/term-limits-push-has-enough-signatures-lawsuit-still-threatens <p>Illinois officials say a citizens' initiative to put term limits on state legislators has gathered enough signatures to appear on the ballot. But there are other roadblocks before that can happen.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Collecting nearly twice the number of required signatures paid off for the Term Limits and Reform group.</p><p>Rupert Borgsmiller, director of the Illinois State Board of Elections, says a sample validated roughly 61 percent of those signatures. He says he expects to present those findings to the board for final approval on June 17.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:22:10 +0000 Brian Mackey 26466 at http://wuis.org Term Limits Push Has Enough Signatures, But Lawsuit Still Threatens Citizen Initiatives Begin Navigating Statutes, Lawsuits http://wuis.org/post/citizen-initiatives-begin-navigating-statutes-lawsuits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Even as a lawsuit could nullify them, the state board of elections has begun a tedious — but necessary — task of preparing a pair of proposed constitutional amendments for the November ballot. The two citizen initiatives aim to strip lawmakers of the power to draw their own maps and to limit their terms in office.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A dozen-or-so workers sit at tables at the board of elections building in Springfield.</span></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 22:12:06 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 24489 at http://wuis.org Citizen Initiatives Begin Navigating Statutes, Lawsuits Listen To State Week - May 2, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-may-2-2014 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The panel discusses several investigations into Governor Pat Quinn's administration and allegations of corruption, also a couple ballot initiatives - one on term limits and another regarding redistricting.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 20:03:40 +0000 randy.eccles 24299 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - May 2, 2014 Minority Groups Courted Before Redistricting Lawsuit http://wuis.org/post/minority-groups-courted-redistricting-lawsuit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A lawsuit seeking to keep two citizen's initiatives from ever coming before voters has been filed. Although the case makes no mention of how it will affect minority voters' rights, sources say organizers took pains to reach out to ethnic groups.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two potential constitutional changes are at issue: one limiting how long legislators can be in office, the other stripping them of the power to draw their own districts.</span></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 10:11:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 24171 at http://wuis.org Minority Groups Courted Before Redistricting Lawsuit Term Limit Petition Cost $1.75 Per Signature http://wuis.org/post/term-limit-petition-cost-175-signature <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner <a href="http://wuis.org/post/rauner-files-term-limit-petition" target="_blank">filed his term limit initiative</a> with election officials today Wednesday. The massive petition drive came with a hefty price tag.</p><p></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 22:49:06 +0000 Hannah Meisel 24161 at http://wuis.org Term Limit Petition Cost $1.75 Per Signature Rauner Files Term Limit Petition http://wuis.org/post/rauner-files-term-limit-petition <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gubernatorial candidate Bruce </span>Rauner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is in Springfield today, filing his term limit initiative after months of collecting signatures. But the plan still has to survive an expected court challenge.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Weighing 1,000 lbs, the nearly-70,000 pages of term limit petitions had to be wheeled onto a semi trailer to be driven to the State Board of Elections.</span></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:04:40 +0000 Hannah Meisel 24121 at http://wuis.org Rauner Files Term Limit Petition Term Limits: One Step Back, One Step Forward http://wuis.org/post/term-limits-one-step-back-one-step-forward <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Even as Democrats killed off one proposal to institute term limits in Illinois, another is moving ahead.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">First, the one that for all practical purposes is dead: it was a last minute push by Republican legislative leaders to limit the governor and other executive officers to two terms.</span></p><p>Getting rid of well-known incumbents could be a way for Republicans, who've had a hard time winning statewide office in recent years, to make inroads.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 24087 at http://wuis.org Term Limits: One Step Back, One Step Forward Senator Kirk Opposes Term Limits http://wuis.org/post/senator-kirk-opposes-term-limits <p>Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says he doesn't agree with proposals in Illinois to impose term limits on elected officials.</p><p>Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner is pushing a voter initiative to limit state lawmakers. This week, the Republican leaders of the<br />Illinois House and Senate backed an amendment to the state's constitution that'll limit statewide officers to two terms. The officers include the governor<br />and comptroller.</p> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 14:55:00 +0000 Associated Press 23846 at http://wuis.org Senator Kirk Opposes Term Limits Top Republicans Propose Term Limits For Governor, Other Executive Officers http://wuis.org/post/top-republicans-propose-term-limits-governor-other-executive-officers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Two of Illinois' top Republicans want to limit how long someone can stay on as governor of Illinois. But they only have about two weeks to get the proposed constitutional amendment through the General Assembly.</p><p></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:17:36 +0000 Hannah Meisel 23659 at http://wuis.org Top Republicans Propose Term Limits For Governor, Other Executive Officers Legislators Vote Against Capping Their Careers http://wuis.org/post/legislators-vote-against-capping-their-careers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Voters may still get the chance to decide if they want to limit how long legislators can serve ... but no thanks to legislators themselves.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Although elections have been compared to popularity contests, as a whole, "politicians" aren't all that popular.</span></p><p>Which may be way polls show voters find the idea of term limits so appealing.</p><p>Unless, of course, you're a legislator.</p><p>Senator Darin LaHood, a Republican from Peoria, nonetheless introduced a term limits plan.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:35:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 22446 at http://wuis.org Legislators Vote Against Capping Their Careers Rep. Rodney Davis Supports Term Limits; Won't Self-Impose http://wuis.org/post/rep-rodney-davis-supports-term-limits-wont-self-impose <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Calls to institute term limits in Illinois have gained traction in the race for governor, helped along by a well-funded campaign that seeks to limit how long politicians can serve in the state legislature. A freshman Congressman says he supports the effort ... but only to a degree.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Congressman Rodney Davis (IL-13) says he has not yet signed the petition that calls for limiting members of the Illinois General Assembly to eight year terms. But he says that he would.</span></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:34:48 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21019 at http://wuis.org Rep. Rodney Davis Supports Term Limits; Won't Self-Impose Quinn Won't Commit To Term Limits http://wuis.org/post/quinn-wont-commit-term-limits <p>Gov. Pat Quinn is a longtime advocate for term limits, but has yet to commit to one himself. &nbsp;<br />The Chicago Democrat tells The Associated Press in a year-end interview that he won't presume a win in his 2014 re-election bid and is taking it one term at a time. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 12:16:04 +0000 Associated Press 15737 at http://wuis.org Quinn Won't Commit To Term Limits It Would Take Four Wins For Quinn To Grab Longest-Serving Governor Title http://wuis.org/post/it-would-take-four-wins-quinn-grab-longest-serving-governor-title <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Gov. Pat Quinn is leaving the door open to running for governor three times, but even that would not put him on pace to set a record as the state's longest-serving chief executive.</p><p></p><p>It may seem a bit premature to think about. Though it's expected Quinn will be Democrats' nominee in 2014, he could well be unseated and never clinch a full, second term as governor.</p><p>But when a reporter asked about it, Quinn refused to say if this will be his last time running.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 18:52:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 15439 at http://wuis.org It Would Take Four Wins For Quinn To Grab Longest-Serving Governor Title