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Illinois lawmakers block GOP term limits proposal

Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 4:00 p.m. CST

SPRINGFIELD — State lawmakers have blocked Republican legislation that would have allowed voters to limit statewide executive officers to two terms of office.

A Senate subcommittee voted 1-2 Tuesday on the proposed constitutional amendment. The two lawmakers who voted against the measure were Democrats.

Senate GOP Leader Christine Radogno (ruh-DOHN'-yoh) of Lemont says the plan wasn't a Republican attempt to grab control from Democrats. She says it would allow for fresh ideas.

The measure served its purpose politically. Republicans now can say that Democrats aren't in favor of term limits ahead of the November election.

An amendment limiting legislative terms could still appear on the ballot. Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) says his group will turn in the required signatures Wednesday.

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