The Illinois State Board of Elections has certified the November 4 ballot without the inclusion of a question asking voters whether state lawmakers should have term limits.
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.
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