Ending Partisan Politics in Illinois is Unlikely Without Term Limits

Springfield, IL…Today, State Representative Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago) released a statement speaking to the need for Illinois elected official term-limits in order to end the partisan political agendas.

“Over the years in the General Assembly, at the beginning of nearly every spring session, I file a proposed constitutional amendment to limit terms of leadership for Speaker of the House, Minority Leader of the House, Senate President and the Senate Minority Leader. I do this because I have seen first-hand how necessary it is to have turn over in these positions,” said Fortner. “Term limits can have benefits that are not the obvious new face in office but an opportunity for new original ideas.”

“Ohio, a Mid-West state that does recognize term limits, placed an amendment on the ballot last December with a bipartisan support to reform redistricting and end some of the gerrymandering games that had become a point of contention in their state.  The only reason this happened, was because the members whose terms were limited could leave redistricting reform as part of their legacy. Had they thought they’d be serving past 2020, when the next redistricting is scheduled, it would have been unlikely to see them agree to the bipartisan reforms,” said Fortner.

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