* Seems like a pretty small space…
What matters is media attention, however. We’ll see.
* Press release…
Today, Governor Rauner joined Illinois House candidates Mike Babcock, Jason Madlock, Doug Jameson, and Dwight Kay to sign The People’s Pledge, a commitment to put term limits on state elected officials and to vote for anyone other than Mike Madigan for House Speaker. The event followed Governor Rauner’s announcement that he’ll be supporting the House Republican Organization with another $4 million.
At the event today, Governor Rauner said this about The People’s Pledge:
“I’ve been an advocate for term limits my entire life. We together collected over 600,000 signatures to get them on the ballot five years ago, you guys remember this. But Mike Madigan sued us with his lawyer, and he got the state judges who are elected by Madigan, to say ‘no, you can’t do it that way. The only way to get term limits done is if the General Assembly votes to put them on the ballot.’ That’s what the judges ruled and that’s why The People’s Pledge is so important. We need the legislators to promise to put term limits on the ballot.
“And this guy Pritzker, who is running against me, he funds Madigan, he funds the lawyer who sued us to block term limits. Pritzker is part of the problem, he’s protecting the Chicago Machine. We’ve got to beat him, and the way to beat him is get The People’s Pledge signed.”
* OK, from the Illinois Constitution…
Amendments shall be limited to structural and procedural subjects contained in Article IV.
Article IV is the legislative article.
The Illinois Supreme Court ruled way back in 1976, when Madigan had been in office just five years, that the word “and” in that sentence meant “both.”
And in 1994, the Supreme Court ruled that term limits satisfied neither the structural nor the procedural subject matter requirements…
The eligibility or qualifications of an individual legislator does not involve the structure of the legislature as an institution. The General Assembly would remain a bicameral legislature consisting of a House and Senate with a total of 177 members, and would maintain the same organization.
Likewise, the eligibility or qualifications of an individual legislator does not involve any of the General Assembly’s procedures. The process by which the General Assembly adopts a law would remain unchanged.
So, since the Supremes had long ago ruled that “and” means “both” and that term limits were “neither,” Rauner had no case in 2014 unless he could convince the justices to overturn their previous rulings which dated back to the year the Starland Vocal Band recorded “Afternoon Delight” and the year OJ Simpson was arrested for a double murder.