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(10 ILCS 5/28-9)
(from Ch. 46, par. 28-9)
Petitions for proposed amendments to Article IV of the
Constitution pursuant to Section 3, Article XIV of the Constitution shall be
signed by a number of electors equal in number to at least 8% of the total
votes cast for candidates for Governor in the preceding gubernatorial election.
Such petition shall have been signed by the petitioning electors not more than
24 months preceding the general election at which the proposed amendment is to
be submitted and shall be filed with the Secretary of State at least 6 months
before that general election.
Upon receipt of a petition for a proposed Constitutional amendment, the
Secretary of State shall, as soon as is practicable, but no later than the
close of the next business day, deliver such petition to the State Board of
Petitions for advisory questions of public policy to be submitted to the
voters of the entire State shall be signed by a number of voters
equal in number to 8% of the total votes cast for candidates for Governor in
the preceding gubernatorial election. Such petition shall have been signed by
said petitioners not more than 24 months preceding the date of the general
election at which the question is to be submitted and shall be filed with the
State Board of Elections at least 6 months before that general election.
The proponents of the proposed statewide advisory
public question shall file the original petition in bound
sections. Each section shall be composed of consecutively numbered petition
sheets containing only the signatures of registered voters.
Any petition sheets not consecutively numbered or which contain duplicate
page numbers already used on other sheets, or are photocopies or duplicates
of the original sheets, shall not be considered part of the petition for
the purpose of the random sampling verification and shall not be counted
toward the minimum number of signatures required to qualify the proposed
statewide advisory public question for the ballot.
Within 7 business days following the last day for filing the original
petition, the proponents shall also file copies of the petition sheets with each proper election authority
and obtain a receipt therefor.
For purposes of this Act, the following terms shall be defined and construed
1. "Board" means the State Board of Elections.
2. "Election Authority" means a county clerk or city or county board of
4. "Proponents" means any person, association, committee, organization
or other group, or their designated representatives, who advocate and cause
the circulation and filing of petitions for a statewide advisory question
of public policy or a proposed constitutional amendment for submission at
a general election and who has registered with the Board as provided in
5. "Opponents" means any person, association, committee, organization
or other group, or their designated representatives, who oppose a statewide
advisory question of public policy or a proposed constitutional amendment
for submission at a general election and who have registered with the Board
as provided in this Act.
(Source: P.A. 97-81, eff. 7-5-11; 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15