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Nybo, Sandack Call for IL Legislative Term Limits

The state representative and state senator have each filed a resolution which would prohibit a person from holding office for more than 10 years.

State Sen. Ron Sandack’s (R-Downers Grove) resolution to impose 10-year term limits on Illinois Legislators was read into Senate record Tuesday, according to a press release from his office.

“It’s high time we returned to a citizen legislature where citizen-servants attended to the business of the State and then returned home to their community," Sandack said in the release. "It is a privilege to serve. Being a member of the General Assembly should not be an opportunity to get connected or rich.”

The resolution proposes a Constitutional Amendment to prohibit a person from holding office in the Illinois legislature for more than 10 years. That 10 years would include time in either chamber and time served non-consecutively. The resolution can be viewed here.

State Rep. Chris Nybo (R-Lombard) filed a similar proposal Jan. 10 which would limit state representatives to no more than six terms and state senators to no more than three terms, according to a press release from his office. 

“Serving in the legislature was never meant to be a ‘lifetime career’ but too many legislators have made it that,” Nybo said in the press release.

“Illinois government has a sad history of being unaccountable to the taxpayers and irresponsible with their tax dollars, primarily because we have too many ‘career politicians’ who place self-interest above the public interest.”

A recent poll conducted by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute shows that 75 percent of Illinois residents now favor term limits for state legislators, according to Nybo's press release.  

Fifteen state legislatures have adopted term limits, eight of America’s ten largest cities adopted term limits for their city councils and/or mayor and 37 states place term limits on their constitutional officers, according to the release. 

“State government has failed the residents of Illinois,” Nybo said in the release.

 “The people deserve to have their government back, and one way to make that happen is stop entrenched incumbents from insulating themselves from accountability by making sure we have a regular infusion of new energy, new ideas and new people.”

Jeffrey Crane January 27, 2012 at 03:09 PM
“It’s high time we returned to a citizen legislature where citizen-servants attended to the business of the State and then returned home to their community," Sandack said in the release. "It is a privilege to serve. Being a member of the General Assembly should not be an opportunity to get connected or rich.” I'm just curious Senator, how then did you get your appointment? No "connections" there? How is it that you are receiving so much out of state funding for your campaign? No "connections" there? Why do you try to deceive the citizens of this state? If you are tired of the constant deceptive practices by our officials, it's time to ELECT a candidate that IS a real heartfelt citizen. Elect Deborah Boyle for the 81st District. Get the lawyers out of Springfield.
PAUL C. January 27, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Tell the " REAL" story Senator and by the way it was again great to see a Democrat last night on the evening news, Cook County States Attorney Anita Alvarez state just why we still need the Death Penalty in Illinois! Her 20 plus years as a prosecutor makes her an authority on this issue and great to see she doesn't side with Governor Quinn like you did.
Dan F. January 28, 2012 at 08:51 PM
"johnvmoore@RonSandack on behalf of the Democrats I would like trade Larry Dominick to the GOP in exchange for you" LOL. Recognizing one of their own...
UoCDoc February 01, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Paul, First of all Senator Sandack didn’t end the death penalty. Gov. Ryan ended it over 10 years ago. SB2277, the bill Ron voted for, permits for the reallocation of the $110M per year we were spending to operate the death penalty system. Not to mention the 20 persons who were on death row in Illinois, later determined to be innocent. Proven so by forensic evidence such as DNA. Don’t get me wrong, I fully support the death penalty but until we as a State can do a better job of determining certain guilt, it should stay off the books. Just my two cents.

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