Illinois Senate Democrats blocked a Republican proposal to ask the state’s voters whether to amend the Constitution to place two-term limits upon statewide constitutional offers. The measure would have applied to the governor, attorney general, secretary of state, comptroller, and treasurer.
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The dominant topic of the hearing was whether the sponsors, Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) and House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), were so committed to the idea that they would apply it to themselves. They did not take the bait.
Voters will already see two legislatively-implemented constitutional amendments this November: a “crime victims’ bill of rights” and an anti-voter suppression amendment. One election cycle can have no more than three, though there can be more if they arrive via the petition-gathering process. Radogno afterward blamed Democrats’ desire for a graduated tax proposal in that third and final slot.
SJRCA 69 failed to pass the Senate Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments.