With the Illinois Supreme Court’s announcement on Friday, August 22 that it would not be hearing the appeal of two lower court decisions that found the referendum creating Illinois General Assembly member term limits unconstitutional, the amendment will not be on the November ballot.
The amendment as proposed would have limited legislators to serving a total of eight years in the legislature. It would have decreased the size of the Illinois Senate from 59 to 41 and increased the House from 118 to 123. In addition, the threshold required to override a gubernatorial veto would have been increased from 3/5 of both chambers to 2/3 of both chambers.
LWVIL Position on Term Limits
The League of Women Voters of Illinois opposes constitutional or statutory term limitations for members of the Illinois General Assembly. The League supports accountability, representativeness and effective performance and holds an interest in the dynamic balance of power between the legislative and the executive branches.
This position is in line with the national League's position on Congress and the Presidency.
To learn more, please contact the LWVIL Issues Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-939-5935, ext. 36.