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Friday, Jul 18, 2014

* The deadline for the Illinois State Board of Elections to certify the November ballot is August 22nd - 36 days from now. That’s 21 work days, counting today and the 22nd.

So, that’s why yesterday’s Illinois Supreme Court decision to not take direct appeal of Bruce Rauner’s term limits ballot initiative is so important.

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Mary Mikva issued her initial ruling kicking Rauner’s initiative off the ballot on June 27th - three weeks ago today. The Supremes took their sweet time to consider direct appeal.

Rauner’s group inexplicably didn’t file any appellate motions before today, so it now has less than 21 working days to get this thing motioned, heard and decided at the appellate level and then motioned, heard and decided by the Supremes. They’re gonna need to get that ballot certification date postponed if they have any hope here.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


7 Comments
  1. - walker - Friday, Jul 18, 14 @ 10:56 am:

    Will they continue to play this for the campaign message of “those Insiders in Springfield are all against us”, even though there is little chance to get it on the 2014 ballot? That, to my cynical eyes, was always their primary motive anyway. Maybe they will continue their effort thru election day, and then withdraw.


  2. - too obvious - Friday, Jul 18, 14 @ 10:57 am:

    Rauner doesn’t really care about term limits anyway. He’s regularly supported long time incumbents around the country, both Ds and Rs. When he had the option he voted with his checkbook and worked against self-term limiting at the polls.

    This was always just another one of Rauner’s campaign gimmicks designed to hook the gullible.


  3. - Jeff Trigg - Friday, Jul 18, 14 @ 10:59 am:

    “They’re gonna need to get that ballot certification date postponed if they have any hope here.”

    Madigan, Obama, and the Dems did exactly that for George Bush and Dick Cheney back in 2004 so they could take advantage of the anniversary of 9/11, so surely they will extend the same courtesy to Rauner and his initiative. - snark - Ain’t gonna happen.


  4. - Anonymous - Friday, Jul 18, 14 @ 11:06 am:

    They would have had to of filed a Notice of Appeal with the appellate court under the statute they were using…or was that why their motion was dismissed?


  5. - Keyser Soze - Friday, Jul 18, 14 @ 11:57 am:

    Joe citizen grows more cynical by the day.


  6. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jul 18, 14 @ 12:01 pm:

    - walker -,

    You know what funny; haven’t really heard Rauner it his Crew push anything since the questions he took 30+ days ago.

    It may be an undercurrent, but not really out there by that Crew, front and center, anymore.


  7. - Demoralized - Friday, Jul 18, 14 @ 2:05 pm:

    ==Joe citizen grows more cynical by the day.==

    Probably because several “Joe Citizen’s” have zero understanding of our system of government and continue to perpetuate this “will of the people” argument nonsense.


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