State Rep. Daniel Biss of Evanston has introduced a constitutional amendment that would limit the amount of time a member of the state legislature could serve in a leadership position.

The term limit would affect the speaker of the house, the president of the senate and minorityl leader positions in both houses.

State Rep. Daniel Biss of Evanston has introduced a constitutional amendment that would limit the amount of time a member of the state legislature could serve in a leadership position.

The term limit would affect the speaker of the house, the president of the senate and minorityl leader positions in both houses.

“The legislature is too tightly controlled by four individuals who are not accountable to most citizens,” Biss said. “This bill aims to make the legislative process more responsive by ensuring that we hear fresh ideas from new leaders, which is vitally important to how the legislative process takes shape.”

House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 20 would prohibit a member from serving in a leadership position for longer than ten years.

“This bill is about limiting the amount of influence a small group of legislators can amass in state government,” Biss said.  “The state of Illinois is ready for change, and that’s something we can’t accomplish if don’t turn away from what got us into this mess.”

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Good start

    This seems like a good start. But, it doesn't go far enough. Illinois needs term limits on every elected office. I understand the other side of this argument – we like our elected official and want him/her to keep going back. I just think that the only hope for ending the rampant corruption (aka Illinois-style politics) is term limits. Let's start fresh every few years. Let's not give them a chance to build a machine.

    1. If you go all in you will not
      If you go all in you will not get the votes nor change anything. Biss’ proposal solves the biggest problem. Go from there. He is the only candidate to take on the party.

  2. Let me know how I can help!

    I hope this effort sees the light of day in Springfield.  Please let us know how citizens can help push it along in an organized way.

  3. Biss’ proposal is window dressing

    Although Daniel Biss, a Democrat, was not yet in office when Democrats and only Democrats voted for a 68 percent income tax increase during a lame-duck session and shamefully after the midterm elections, Biss is still a member of a party that has given citizens nothing but tax increases and endless borrowing and spending.

    Thanks to the Democrat one-party rule in Springfield, the Democrats passed so-called reform that allowed top lawmakers (who are Democrats) to continue moving unlimited amounts of cash to the campaigns of rank-and-file legislators. In essence, these top lawmakers, Madigan and Cullerton, have MORE power. So what good is Biss' proposal when another party leader can jump in appointed and take over as kingmaker?

    Let's not forget how the Illinois Democrats ignored a request by most non-partisan groups including the League of Women Voters to reform state redistricting.

    Also consider that state union employees fared pretty well during the Recession – none lost their jobs, thanks to only Democrat leadership. The state, under Democrat control, has recently hired another 1,000 state union employees.

    So excuse me if I roll my eyes when a newbie Democrat proudly proposes term limits. It's all window dressing to me.

    Biss might have my ears perked if he proposes a bill that makes Illinois a right-to-work state. But that would never happen because it would harm the extortion racket Democrats share with government unions on every level of government.

    The only way I see Illinois getting out of this fiscal mess is voting out the Democrats who put us here, and end one-party rule.

    1. i thought the last few years the state had a hiring freeze

      Did they lift it?  What departments were the 1000 people hired in?

      1. Term Limits and Retirement

        To have term limits, they would have to open up the Illinois Constitution, which might mean I’ll lose my retirement benefits. These were negotiated in the 70’s becaue state workers were paid poorly. They did dangerous jobs. like police, firefighters and prison workers, plus running the state.  I paid into Teacher Retirement and state pensions for over 32 years. I paid extra to upgrade my retirement benefits. While I think this state is run by a few, powerful individuals who are repeatedly voted in by voters in their own districts, they service only them and NOT the state. So term limits are good but I want to be promised that I woul NOT lose my retirement which is what I contributed to and worked for over 32 years.

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