Illinois voters approve governor recall measure

November 3, 2010

Produced by City Room and Associated Press

With one ex-governor in prison and another convicted of a felony, Illinois voters have decided they want the power to rein in future governors.
     
Voters on Tuesday approved a constitutional amendment that gives the public limited power to recall unpopular governors. The amendment had 65 percent support with 93 percent of precincts reporting.
     
Voters will be able to hold special recall elections to boot governors out of office.
     
However, the recall power wouldn't apply to any other public officials and it could only be used if enough state legislators agreed.
     
Many reform advocates wanted broader recall powers, but legislators wouldn't go along.