Illinois 2014 ballot measures

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Five statewide ballot measures were on the November 4, 2014, ballot in the state of Illinois. All five of the measures were approved.

The 2014 legislative session began on January 29 and concluded on June 2, 2014. Two legislatively-referred constitutional amendments, one addressing suffrage and the other trials, were certified for the general election ballot in November. Three advisory questions, one addressing minimum wage, one addressing healthcare and the third taxes, were also on the ballot. At least two other legislatively-referred constitutional amendments had the potential to appear on the ballot; however, they were not passed by the Illinois General Assembly.

Supporters submitted petition signatures for the Illinois Independent Redistricting measure and the Term Limits for Legislators measure, both initiated constitutional amendments. Supporters of the redistricting measure ended their effort to land the measure on the ballot after a Cook County judge threw it and the term limits measure off the ballot. Supporters of the term limits measure decided to appeal the ruling. However, the initial ruling was upheld by the higher court, and the Illinois Supreme Court declined to "quickly consider" the matter.[1][2] Had the term limits measure ended up on the ballot, it would have been the first time Illinois residents voted on a binding initiative since 1980. The signature filing deadline for the initiatives was May 5, 2014. Both of the campaigns submitted more than the 298,400 required signatures by the deadline.

Historical facts

  • Between 2008 and 2013, an average of one measure appeared annually on even-year ballots in Illinois. Therefore, 2014 was an above-average year, based on the number of certified measures.
  • From 1996 to 2014, the number of measures on statewide ballots ranged from zero to five.
  • Since 1996, only four years have featured statewide measures on the ballot: 1998, 2008, 2010 and 2012.
  • Between 1998 and 2014, seven of nine, or 78 percent, of Illinois ballot measures were approved by voters.
  • Conversely, two of nine, or 22 percent, of measures were defeated.

On the ballot

See also: 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Right to Vote Amendment Suffrage Provides that no person shall be denied the right to register to vote or to cast a ballot in an election Approveda
LRCA Crime Victims' Bill of Rights Trials Modifies the Crime Victims' Bill of Rights by strengthening the rights of crime victims during criminal court proceedings Approveda
AQ Minimum Wage Increase Question Minimum wage Advises the legislature to increase the state's hourly minimum wage to $10 Approveda
AQ Birth Control in Prescription Drug Coverage Question Healthcare Advises the legislature to require prescription birth control to be covered in prescription drug coverage health insurance plans Approveda
AQ Millionaire Tax Increase for Education Question Taxes Advises the legislature to increase the tax on income greater than one million dollars to provide additional revenue to schools Approveda

Not on the ballot

See also: Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Same-Sex Marriage Ban Amendment Marriage and family Amends the state constitution to forbid same-sex marriage Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA Elimination of Lieutenant Governor Amendment State executives Eliminates the position of lieutenant governor form the state constitution Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CICA Independent Redistricting Amendment Redistricting Creates nonpartisan commission to redraw district lines for General Assembly Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CICA Term Limits for Legislators Amendment Term limits Establishes eight-year term limits for legislators, adjusts size of Senate & House, requires two-thirds majority vote for legislature to override governor’s veto Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot

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