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State of Illinois

History of Reform Efforts: Illinois

Altering Selection Methods

Selection method and term lengths for Illinois judges are prescribed in the state's constitution. Constitutional amendments may be initiated in either house of the general assembly and must be approved by a three-fifths vote of the members of each house. Amendments may also be proposed by initiative petition signed by voters equal in number to at least 8% of total votes cast for governor in the last election. The proposed amendment is submitted to the voters at the next general election more than six months after legislative passage and must be ratified by either three fifths of those voting on the question or a majority of those voting in the election.