Term limits group likely has signatures

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Illinois election officials say a group that supports 8-year term limits on legislators appears to have enough signatures to let voters decide on the issue in November.

Rupert Borgsmiller, director of the Illinois State Board of Elections, told The Associated Press on Monday that about 60 percent of the group’s tested signatures were valid.

The Committee for Legislative Reform and Term Limits submitted nearly 600,000 signatures. That’s about 370,000 eligible signatures. Illinois ballot measures need about 300,000 voter signatures. Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is the committee’s chairman.

The proposal would also change the size of the Legislature and make it harder for lawmakers to override a governor’s veto.

Borgsmiller says he expects the board to decide on the measure June 17. It also faces a lawsuit challenge in Cook County.