You have Initiative rights for citizens to place constitutional amendments on the ballot for a decision by the voters, but that right is so severely limited that only one initiative has qualified for the ballot in the last 30 years. Citizens lack a process where they can pass statutes or suspend a statute passed by the Legislature. There is a very difficult process for advisory statewide measures.
Click here to view Illinois’ individual report in Of the People, By the People, For the People: A 2010 Report Card on Statewide Voter Initiative Rights.
State Balloting Process
The fight for I&R in Illinois began in 1897, when 250 delegates met in
Chicago to form the Direct Legislation Union. Encouraged by this
organization, the state Democratic Party endorsed I&R, and governor
John Peter Altgeld endorsed it in a Labor Day speech in 1899… Read More
Ballot Qualifications & Schedule
Date Initiative language can be submitted: Any time
Signatures are tied to vote of which office: Governor
Next gubernatorial election: 2010
Votes cast for Governor in Gubernatorial election: 3,486,671
Net number of signatures required: For amendments, 8% of the votes cast for Governor in the last election (278,934).
Distribution Requirement: None
Date when signatures are filed for certification: For amendments, no later than 6 months prior to the next general election in which the measure will be placed on the ballot.