An Illinois House committee voted 15-0 on Thursday for a plan to ask voters if they want recall power that would allow them to fire a sitting governor.

An Illinois House committee voted 15-0 on Thursday for a plan to ask voters if they want recall power that would allow them to fire a sitting governor.

Members of the State Government Administration Committee generally said the recall proposal is a good idea, though some of them expressed reservations, saying it should be extended to other state constitutional officers.

Gov. Pat Quinn backs the legislation, House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 31, and he testified at the committee hearing Thursday morning.

The possibility of recall would serve as an "alarm bell" for governors, reminding them that they're "the servants of the public," Quinn said.

Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo, who is sponsoring the measure, said Quinn is "leading by example" by backing a recall plan that would affect only the governor.

If the legislation passes in the full House and Senate, the recall question would be put to voters in the November 2010 general election.

Actually recalling a sitting governor would require collecting signatures from 30 lawmakers on an affidavit. The next step would involve collecting voters' signatures on petitions, with a minimum threshold of 15 percent of the number of voters who cast ballots in the last gubernatorial election.

GateHouse News Service State Capitol Bureau