term limits

State Sen. Scott Bennett says Democrats in his chamber supported a rules change last week to impose term limits on Senate legislative leaders as a show of good faith.

 

The Champaign Democrat says they’re showing their commitment to imposing the ten-year term limits on leaders in both legislative chambers as part of a state budget package.

 

Illinois Senate Passes Leadership Term Limits

Jan 12, 2017

The Illinois Senate voted to limit how long a member can serve as president or minority leader.

 

Effective immediately, anyone in either position is required to step down after 10 years. It’s part of a flurry of proposals from Senate President John Cullerton and Minority Leader Christine Radogno.  She says they're meant to break Illinois’ 18-month budget stalemate.

 

Brian Mackey

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has gotten a lot of traction with his push for term limits.

Voters seem to love the idea just as much as legislators hate it -- even if the governor's plan doesn't seem all that practical. 

It's pretty clear Rauner's desire for term limits is at least partially rooted in animus for House Speaker Michael Madigan, who's been a state representative since 1971.

The earliest Illinois could amend its constitution to include term limits is 2018. Only then would the 10-year clock start ticking on lawmakers' careers.

WNIJ

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says a voter referendum aimed at imposing term limits on Chicago's mayor and creating a consumer advocacy position won't make the November ballot.

Quinn told The Associated Press he's short of the roughly 53,000 signatures required by a Monday deadline. The Democrat says his goal is to get 100,000 signatures, and he's got roughly 20,000.

He launched the petition drive in June but wouldn't say for which election. He tells AP he's aiming for the 2018 primary, when Illinois next elects a governor.

While leading Democrats were in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention last week, Republican Governor Bruce Rauner was holding press conferences exalting term limits.

“We need fresh ideas, new people, new thinkin’ term limits will get it done,” Rauner said.

But the state’s longest-serving legislator -- Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan -- says his lengthy tenure is beneficial. It put him in position to serve as a check against Rauner’s controversial agenda.

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