Won’t Allow the Most Insecure Big-City Mayor in America to Keep Binding Term Limit Referendum Off the Ballot
CHICAGO – Pat Quinn and term limit petition passers intend to fight City Hall tyranny and keep passing mayoral term limit petitions in the next five weeks.
“Yes, you can fight City Hall – and we intend to, with Article 7, Section 11 of the Illinois Constitution on our side,” Quinn said. “The Chicago voter’s right to put a mayoral term limit referendum on the ballot is fully protected by the Illinois Constitution and cannot be taken away by City Hall ordinance.”
— Craig Wall ABC 7 (@craigrwall) July 2, 2018
Last week, on June 27, 2018 – one week before the 242nd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the most famous petition in American history – Mayor Rahm Emanuel with the assistance of his supine City Council launched an attack on the initiative petition rights of the people of Chicago.
Petition-passing volunteers have already collected more than 52,519 signatures, the legal minimum needed to place the mayoral term limit referendum on the ballot.
Volunteers across the city intend to continue to collect signatures from every neighborhood in Chicago for the next five weeks, as is their right by law, before filing the term limit petition signatures on August 6, 2018.
August 6 is the deadline to turn in signatures, yet the Mayor and his aldermen chose to put three advisory referendums on the ballot before the deadline to discourage term limit petition passers and signers.
On WTTW last week, the Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who abolished the Department of the Environment, said he thinks an advisory referendum asking whether plastic straws should be abolished in Chicago is more important than a binding referendum asking whether there should be a two-term limit on the office of Mayor.
Of the ten largest cities in America, only Chicago does not have a term limit on its mayor. The Mayors of New York, Los Angeles, Houston, and Philadelphia are not afraid of term limits and abide by the will of the referendum voters in their city.
If mayoral term limits are approved by Chicago voters on November 6, the incumbent mayor would be ineligible to run in the February 26, 2019 mayoral election.
Pat Quinn stands outside City Hall to address the press on his initiatives to limit Chicago mayoral terms, says Chicago is the only city of the 10 largest cities in the US that does not have such a limit. pic.twitter.com/66663ANiAE
— Colin B Photography (@colinbphoto) July 2, 2018
Voters in 25 Illinois municipalities including Springfield, Naperville, Oak Lawn, Des Plaines, and Downers Grove have used the petition and binding referendum power contained in the Local Government Article of the Illinois constitution to impose term limits on their mayors.
In a 2016 case in the village of Broadview, Johnson v. Ames, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the voters’ right to impose mayoral term limits in a binding referendum immediately before the next mayoral election.