GOP aggressively pursuing term limits

Illinois Capitol News

ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Even in a Democratically-dominated legislature, Republican aren’t backing down when it comes to passing term limits.

They’re pitching new plans to make sure legislative leaders can’t hold power for longer than a decade.

There’s more pressure than ever to get this done. More than 3/4 of voters want limits. Governor Pritzker’s also on board.

Last year, the Senate passed a resolution okaying the idea. Now, it’s just up to the House. The GOP published a list putting more than two dozen house Democrats on the record.

Representative Tim Butler is spearheading the initiative and says he thinks, this time around, things could be different.

Butler just filed the plan this week, but says it doesn’t have anything to do with the bombshell report revealing the FBI recording phone conversations of Speaker Michael Madigan soliciting his private law firm to potential city clients. Butler says the report just emphasizes the need to pass reforms.

Last year, a spokesperson for Speaker Madigan commented elections are democratic term limits which already work.

This year, Madigan was sworn in for his 18th term as Speaker of the House. Madigan has held the job for more than 30-years. The 76-year old has served his district since 1971.

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