Illinois Amendment 1
appeared on the November 3, 1998 ballot
as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment
, where it was approved
The measure was approved by the state's voters by an 80% yes vote. It provided for two non-judicial members to sit on the Courts Commission. The Courts Commission was organized under the Illinois Constitution of 1970, and this change represented the first time the commission allowed non-judicial membership on the commission.
| Amendment 1|
| Yes|| 1,677,109|| 80.47%|
Results obtained from: The Illinois Blue Book 2011–2012 (p.507)
In 1997, James Heiple of the Illinois Supreme Court was the subject of an impeachment investigation by the Illinois House of Representatives. Heiple failed to recuse himself from voting on the appointment of a fellow justice as chair of the Illinois Courts Commission even though he knew the chair would preside over a hearing if the Board filed a complaint against him.