Springfield, IL… House Republican freshmen, four months on the job, came together in the Capitol today to express their frustration with the partisan political atmosphere that has engulfed Springfield. The message they came to deliver is that there is no better time than now to call for term limits in Springfield.
“Knocking on doors during my campaign and attending events throughout my district, one of the most frequent issues I hear about is the need for term limits.” Representative McDermed said. “Illinoisans have made clear this is an issue that they want to see put on the ballot.”
An initiative to put a binding term limits referendum on the 2014 General Election ballot was denied by a three-judge Illinois Appellate Court last August, leaving legislative action as the best alternative. With four separate joint constitutional amendments filed, House Republicans point to the onset of gridlock so early into the new Governor’s first term along with the increasingly draconian House rules as evidence that term limits need immediate consideration.
House Republicans have four separate constitutional amendments filed aimed at imposing term limits in Illinois; all seek to put on the ballot limits on legislative terms to varying degrees. It is expected the Governor’s own proposal will be filed soon.