SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois Supreme Court is refusing to take up an appeal of a lower court's ruling that prohibits a vote on term limits from appearing on the November ballot.
The Supreme Court issued the order Friday afternoon shortly after the Illinois State Board of Elections certified the Nov. 4 ballot.
Proponents of term limits for Illinois lawmakers, including GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur), wanted a referendum question on the ballot that would limit legislators to eight years in office and make it more difficult to override a veto.
A circuit court judge found the measure violated a provision of the constitution that requires changes to the legislature be both "structural and procedural." An appellate court affirmed that decision earlier this week.
Rauner's campaign didn't immediately return calls seeking comment.
The board met in Chicago and via videoconference in Springfield Friday. Members also considered challenges to the inclusion of several third-party candidates. They allowed Libertarian Chad Grimm on the ballot but rejected the others, including one from the Green party.
Proponents of term limits for Illinois lawmakers have sought a referendum question on the ballot. The campaign has been backed by Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner.
But its inclusion on the ballot would have required the state Supreme Court to take up the issue at the last minute and reverse lower court decisions.