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Ex-Illinois Governor Petitions For Chicago Mayor Term Limits


Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has launched a petition drive to impose a Chicago mayor term limit and create an elected consumer advocate position.

The Chicago Democrat announced efforts Sunday, tipping his hat to his past signature drives.

If he gets enough signatures, the two referendums could be on ballots as early as November. However, Quinn says getting nearly 53,000 valid signatures before an Aug. 8 deadline would be challenging.

The petition calls for a two-term maximum. If approved in time, Mayor Rahm Emanuel wouldn't be eligible to seek a third term in 2019.

Quinn says the measure isn't aimed at anyone and the effort gives Chicagoans a bigger voice.

Quinn wouldn't say what groups he's coordinating with.

He also wouldn't discuss if he's interested in seeking public office again.