Only one constitutional amendment moves in Senate

April 13, 2010

By MATT HOPF

The Illinois Senate wants to take another crack at requiring aspiring judges to have more experience, but several other ideas to change the state Constitution are in trouble with a deadline looming.

Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 120 was the only amendment out of seven to advance Monday from a Senate subcommittee.

The proposal, which was already voted on and stalled in the House this spring, would require candidates for judicial seats to have 10 to 15 years experience as a licensed lawyer.

“The intent is to limit the ability of lawyers who have been licensed for one, two or three years who run on the basis of ballot position and a nice-sounding last name,” said Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, who sponsors the idea and heads the subcommittee.