Niles Wants Petition On Term Limits Dismissed

1,018 voters signed a petition asking for term limits, the village clerk nixed it on legal grounds, citizens filed a lawsuit, and now Niles wants it dismissed. Find out what happens next.


In the battle some Niles citizens are waging to allow residents to vote on term limits for Niles elected officials, the village has made the latest move.

Through a law firm, it has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought against it by a group of residents.

The citizens' group, organized by resident Joe Makula, spent the summer asking residents to sign a petition that

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After 1,018 voters signed the petition, Makula filed it with Niles Village Clerk Marlene Victorine on July 27. Victorine saying it did not meet specifications in election law.

Makula and his group r. 

On Monday, Victorine emailed an announcement that the village has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. The lawsuit explains the grounds on which she declined to certify the petition. They are that the citizens' group used an incorrect standard to determine the number of petitions needed; failed to state that the circulator of the petitions is over 18 years of age, that the signatures are genuine and were signed in the circulator's presence. 

the objections are without merit, since he would have to be over the age of 18 to be a voter in Niles, and that the 1,018 signatures are more than enough to meet any applicable standards. 

The case heads to trial before a Cook County judge Thursday at the Daley Center.

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Lois A. MacAdam September 11, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Harry, Why don't you just stick with the subject and leave CK alone? What difference does it make whether he uses his real name. You don't have to get nasty over this thing. I think term limits would be a great thing for Niles or any other place. Why don't you state your opinion on the matter at hand?
John September 11, 2012 at 09:07 PM
I believe Term Limits should be set for all public officials. If it is good enough for the President of the United States then it should be good enough for Congress, State Officials, and yes, even Niles's officials.
Danny September 11, 2012 at 09:30 PM
I may be wrong, BUT, don't you think that if the referendum goes through and passes the term limits would start then. It does NOT mean that those that have already been in office for 15 years and run for mayor in the upcoming election and win that they can only be Mayor for a year? I have to believe it goes into effect in April.
Jac Charlier September 14, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Pat - thank you for being part of this discussion. The “Will of the People” reflects the unique understanding that the laws, which are made by the people in the first place, are mutable and subject to change...by the people, in accordance with their will. So, when laws are unjust, against the spirit of our republic, rely on rigid rules whose value is questionable, or limit increased participation, openness and democracy, they should be vigorously challenged by our citizens. I think especially in the area of citizen engagement, which this ballot initiative falls into, the ideal path is to let it through for the voters to have their say instead of restricting it and not allowing the public voice to be heard. What are your thoughts on these ideas?
CK September 15, 2012 at 01:16 AM
The chaos and anarchy in the above posting are more appropriate to illegal aliens and terrorists crossing our borders and taking American lives and jobs. If letting resource sucking aliens into the country isn't a form of suicide, I don;t know what is. Social Security, Medicare, etc., are all going bankrupt and the Obama-Biden-Durbin group want us to think it's all DREAMS. How wonderful. We can dream all the time while aliens cop the jobs and the educational and social services and drain money from OUR health system. Oh, they make a contribution. 90% of murderers being held in LA County jail are all ILLEGALS. Dream dreams.


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