The first sentence of the Associated Press story about State Rep. Jack Franks’ attempt to deflect criticism for his breaking of his promise to serve only three terms reads,
“An Illinois lawmaker has introduced a proposal to ask voters in 2015 if term limits should be imposed on leaders in the state Legislature.”
Another original idea from the Marengo Democrat?
In 2002, when I ran for Governor on the Libertarian Party ticket, the marquee issue was term limits for legislative leaders.
Clearly, Speaker-for-Life Mike Madigan was the problem in state government.
Of course, ideas can’t be copyrighted, so Franks and others are welcome to share my twelve-year old analysis of what is wrong in Springfield. (83% agreed in an April poll. A year and a half ago, the Chicago Tribune seemed to like the idea.)
But, my heavens, calling for an advisory referendum on a day that local elections are held in Downstate Illinois and Chicago wards where someone did not win on primary election day…
What a feeble thrust.
Surely a Constitutional Amendment would be needed to impose such restrictions.
It doesn’t take a law degree, which Franks holds, to figure that out.