Judge rules term limits, remap initiatives cannot appear on ballot

CHICAGO - Signature-driven ballot measures calling for legislative term limits and a new political redistricting process can't appear on the November ballot due to a Cook County judge's ruling.

Judge Mary Mikva says in a ruling made on Friday that the measures don't meet constitutional requirements to make the ballot.  The ruling is a setback for groups advocating the measures, including one led by Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner.  He's made term limits a cornerstone of his campaign to unseat Democratic Governor Pat Quinn.

An attorney who represents top Democratic lawmakers filed the lawsuit that challenged the measures.  Attorneys for term limits advocates say they will appeal directly to the Illinois Supreme Court next week.

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