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Term limits issue could be tricky for Quinn

Published: Friday, April 25, 2014 3:37 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn focused on term limits early in his political career. But this election year it's Illinois Republicans who are championing efforts to cap lawmakers' time in office.

Republican gubernatorial challenger Bruce Rauner is pushing a ballot initiative limiting lawmakers' terms. And this week the Republican leaders of the state House and Senate backed a measure limiting statewide constitutional officers to two terms.

The recent plan faces a tough road with Democratic leaders saying voters already have the power to kick politicians out of office. There's also little time to give them a look.

It's a tricky spot for Quinn ahead of November when he'll ask voters for a full second term. He was put on the defensive this week reiterating his stance for all term limits.

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