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FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Who is chairman of the Committee for Legislative Reform and Term Limits?

The leader and chairman of the Reform and Term Limits effort in Illinois is Bruce Rauner who, together with hundreds of volunteers around the state, is working to make legislative reform and term limits a reality.


Is this a PAC?

No. This is not a political action committee (PAC). The Committee for Legislative Reform and Term Limits is a ballot initiative committee established for one purpose: to pass a constitutional amendment on term limits and legislative reform.


When you say term limits for Illinois state legislators, what exactly do you mean?

The amendment limits state legislators to a total of 8 years. That’s not 8 years in the Illinois state House, then another 8 in the state Senate; it’s 8 years total in any combination. This 8-year limit applies to both concurrent and intermittent terms.


Besides term limits, what does this amendment change in Illinois?

The amendment also decreases substantially the number of state senators from 59 to 41 while increasing slightly the number of Illinois House members from 118 to 123. This reform will save taxpayers millions of dollars and make House members more accountable to you. The amendment also makes it harder for politicians to override a governor’s veto by raising that threshold from a 3/5 majority to a 2/3 majority in both the House and Senate. This reform will ensure the best interests of all Illinoisans are protected and curtail the power of narrow, partisan or special interests.


When will the General Assembly be resized?

In the next remap following the census, as called for by the Illinois Constitution.


If someone has already been in the state legislature for more than 8 years, will they have to resign?

No. This amendment is not retroactive. The 8-year clock starts fresh for everyone beginning with General Assembly session beginning in January 2015.


What elected officials does this effect. Does this amendment impose term limits on the governor also?

The amendment only applies to state legislators. Term limits for the Governor and other constitutional officers can only be passed by the state legislature, not by a citizen-initiated amendment.


If passed, how would Illinois’ term limits compare with other states?

When passed, Illinois’ term limits would allow the greatest participation of citizen legislators in the United States. 8 years would make this law the strongest term limits law in the country, along with Nebraska, which has a unicameral legislature.


Don’t you need a Constitutional Convention to change the Illinois Constitution?

The Illinois Constitution allows for citizens to put amendments in front of voters if they can collect enough signatures to get them on the ballot. When the amendment passes, it is the law of the land and does not require any further action to be taken by the legislature to be approved.


How many signatures are needed?

As required by the Constitution, 298,399 valid signatures are required to put this on the ballot. This number represents 8% of the votes cast in the last election for governor. Our goal is to collect over 400,000 signatures.


What do you do with the petitions and all the signatures once you reach your goal?

The petitions are bound together and submitted to the State Board of Elections for review and validation.


By what date must you submit the petitions?

The final deadline to submit the petitions is May 4, 2014, 6 months prior to the date of the November 2014 general election.


When will we be able to vote on the reform and term limits constitutional amendment?

This amendment will appear on the November 4, 2014 ballot.


In 1994, there was a term limit amendment that was rejected by the Illinois Supreme Court, how is this different?

In 1994, the Illinois Supreme Court held that the wording of the 1994 Term Limits amendment did not meet the structural or procedural requirement in the Illinois Constitution. Our amendment was carefully crafted to meet all requirements to ensure these important reforms are brought to Illinois.