Phillips: It’s Time for Term Limits

Stressing the need for Illinois families to seize the opportunity for change, State Representative
Reggie Phillips today joined other House Republican freshman legislators saying it’s time for term limits.

“Chicago legislators who control the General Assembly – House Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton – have been in Springfield for a combined 80 years. Their rule has left our state and our economy in shambles, but it’s clear they are going to continue to fight to maintain their control no matter what the cost to our families and our communities,” Representative Phillips said. “Voters statewide deserve the opportunity to say ‘enough is enough’. It’s time to bring real, positive change to the General Assembly.”

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 three 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 three separate constitutional amendments filed aimed at imposing term limits in Illinois: HJRCA1 filed by Rep. Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove), HJRCA 10 filed by Rep. Joe Sosnowski (R- Rockford) and HJRCA 28 filed by Rep. Steve Andersson (R-Geneva); 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.

“I was called to the General Assembly to serve my constituents, not to start a new career,” Representative Phillips said. “It’s time to give voters across the state the opportunity to complete the change they initiated by electing a new governor last year. It’s time to let them enact term limits.”

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