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Illinois term limits group likely has signatures

Published: Monday, June 2, 2014 1:05 p.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois election officials say a group that supports eight-year term limits on legislators appears to have enough signatures to let voters decide on the issue in November.

Illinois State Board of Elections Director Rupert Borgsmiller told The Associated Press on Monday that about 60 percent of the group's tested signatures were valid. The Committee for Legislative Reform and Term Limits turned in nearly 600,000 signatures. That's about 370,000 eligible signatures. Illinois ballot measures need about 300,000 voter signatures.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner (ROW'-ner) backs the proposal. It also would also change the size of the Legislature and make it harder for lawmakers to override a governor's veto.

Borgsmiller says he expects the board to decide on the measure June 17. It also faces a lawsuit challenge in Cook County.

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