Lawsuit by Madigan pal aimed at term limit, redistricting efforts
DAN MIHALOPOULOS AND DAVE MCKINNEY: Chicago Sun-Times
Powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has fired a pre-emptive strike at efforts to impose term limits and to take away his Democratic Party’s power to draw the boundaries of the state’s legislative map.
Madigan’s longtime lawyer Michael Kasper filed a lawsuit this week in Cook County Circuit Court that would prevent state, county and Chicago election authorities from conducting referendums of the two proposals in November. Setting term limits and changing the state’s redistricting process would require constitutional amendments.
The move comes as Bruce Rauner, the Republican nominee for governor, filed more than 590,000 signatures with the State Board of Elections Wednesday to get his term-limit constitutional amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot.