House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego) warned again
over the weekend that a judicial experience constitutional amendment
authored by House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) is being used to
knock other proposed amendments off the November ballot. The bill, which would
require would-be circuit judges to serve as licensed attorneys for at
least 10 years, would give Illinois the toughest judicial experience
requirement in the nation. But legal experts question whether it's
really necessary given that there are so few young judges in the state.
By law, the General Assembly can't submit more than three proposed amendments for any one election.