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Appellate Court Will Hear Term Limits Appeal

Appellate Court Will Hear Term Limits Appeal

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An Illinois appellate court has agreed to hear an expedited appeal of a ruling that banned a question on term limits from the November ballot.

Supporters gathered signatures to put a measure on the ballot to limit legislators to eight years. But a lawyer for top Democrats sued, and a judge ruled last month the measure didn’t meet constitutional requirements to be on the ballot.

The Illinois Supreme Court said last week it wouldn’t hear an immediate appeal. Supporters then asked the Chicago-based First District Appellate Court for an expedited process, because state election officials must approve the ballot by Aug. 22.

Republican Bruce Rauner is leading the effort. He’s made it a major issue in his race against Gov. Pat Quinn.

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