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Illinois Legislature Reform Amendment (2010)

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Illinois Legislature Reform Amendment, also known as the "Putback Amendment," did not appear on the November 2, 2010 ballot in Illinois as an initiated constitutional amendment because supporters failed to collect sufficient petition signatures.

The measure was proposed by Illinois activist, John Bambenek. The amendment proposed to create a unicameral legislature, impose a term limit of four terms, allow only "texted bills" to the legislature floor and create a mandatory 7 day period between when a final bill is finalized and voted upon to allow for the public to review the document. According to amendment supporters the measure was proposed in order to increase transparency and because "it is clear that the Illinois General Assembly is broken."[1]


According to the official "Putback Amendment" website the following is a list of individuals and organizations that endorsed the proposed measure:[2]

A full list of supporters can be found here.

Path to the ballot

See also: Illinois signature requirements

In order to place the measure on the November 2010 statewide ballot Bambenek was required to collect a minimum of 278,934 valid signatures by May 3, 2010. If placed on the ballot the amendment would have required either "50.1% of all the voters or 60% of those that vote on the amendment."[3] According to a May 9, 2010 report supporters failed to collect sufficient signatures to qualify for the ballot. However, a proposal is being considered for the 2012 statewide ballot.[4]

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