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Judge nixes Ill. term limits, remap initiatives

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) - A Cook County judge has ruled that signature-driven ballot measures calling for legislative term limits and a new political redistricting process can't appear on the November ballot.

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Mary Mikva says in a Friday ruling the measures don't meet constitutional requirements to make the ballot.

A group hoping to change the way Illinois draws its political boundaries is dropping its efforts after Mikva ruled the provision invalid for the November ballot.

Deborah Harrington is head of Yes for Independent Maps. In a Friday statement she says the group won't appeal the judge's ruling and is withdrawing its petitions. She says the group will examine the judge's ruling for future campaigns.

The ruling on term limits is a setback for groups advocating the measure, including one led by Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner. He's made term limits a cornerstone of his campaign to unseat Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.

Rauner says he always knew "protectors of the failed status quo" would fight the changes. He says he's hopeful the Illinois Supreme Court will reverse the ruling.

Attorneys for the term limits advocates say they will appeal directly to the Illinois Supreme Court next week.

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