Laws governing recall in Illinois
Illinois has a provision in the state constitution allowing for the recall of the governor. This provision passed a statewide referendum in the 2010 elections following the convictions of the previous two governors, Rod Blagojevich and George Ryan. The Illinois Constitution does not specifically address recall of local officials, but at least one locality has provisions allowing recall.
The new amendment allows voters to recall the Governor of Illinois. It requires that at least 20 state representatives and 10 state senators, equally balanced from each party in each chamber, sign a notice of intent to recall the governor before a petition can begin to be circulated.
Recall of local elected officials in Illinois is available in at least one jurisdiction: Buffalo Grove, where Lisa Stone was recalled from her position as a member of the City Council on November 2, 2010. The Stone recall is believed to be the first local recall in the history of Illinois. It came about after city election laws were changed in 2010 in order to allow for a local recall election.
- WLS, "Voters approve governor recall measure," November 3, 2010
- Illinois General Assembly, "Constitution of the State of Illinois," accessed June 26, 2013
- The News-Gazette,"Proposed amendment for recalling governors advances," May 31, 2009
- Northwest Herald,"Recall will be on Nov. ballot," June 7, 2010
- Buffalo Grove Patch, "he Verdict's In — Stone is Out," November 3, 2010
- BuffaloGrove-Countryside,"Buffalo Grove trustees praise recall proposal," September 21, 2009
- Daily Herald, "Buffalo Grove recall vote to make history," October 31, 2010
- Chicago Now,"Buffalo Grove Recall Ordinance violates US Constitution, IL Constitution, IL Election Code," September 29, 2009
- Daily Herald, "Buffalo Grove puts Stone vote to public," August 10, 2010