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Rauner urges quick decision on term limits measure

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SPRINGFIELD -- Advocates for term limits in Illinois say the state Supreme Court likely will decide whether the issue can appear on the November ballot, no matter how an appeals court rules.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) is urging the high court to take up the issue "immediately" once the lower court issues a ruling.

The decision must be made within days because the ballot must be certified by Friday.

Rauner predicts the measure will pass overwhelmingly if it's on the ballot.

A term limits committee gathered about 600,000 signatures to limit legislators to eight years in office and increase the number of votes needed to override a veto.

But attorneys with ties to top Democrats sued to keep the measure off the ballot.

A circuit court called the effort unconstitutional.

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