Laws governing recall in Illinois

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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.[1] The Illinois Constitution does not specifically address recall of local officials, but at least one locality has provisions allowing recall.[2]


On November 2, 2010, Illinois voters approved the Illinois Gubernatorial Recall Amendment to the Illinois Constitution.[1]

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.[3][4][2]


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.[5][6] The Stone recall is believed to be the first local recall in the history of Illinois.[7] It came about after city election laws were changed in 2010 in order to allow for a local recall election.[8][9]

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