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Quinn says he still favors term limits

Published: Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 2:19 p.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 2:23 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn says he's still in favor of term limits, an initiative he championed almost 20 years ago.

The idea is being revived by Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner. A political action committee he chairs said it will unveil plans this week to ask voters on the November 2014 ballot to impose term limits.

The idea is popular but always has failed in Illinois.

The biggest obstacle is an Illinois Supreme Court ruling that stopped a 1994 ballot initiative led by Quinn, who was then state treasurer.

Quinn told reporters Sunday that he still believes in terms limits, though he shied away from talking specifics about how many terms he'd serve if re-elected as governor.

He also says that Rauner is late in the game on the issue.

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