If Term Limits Were Already in Place in Illinois, Who Would be Gone?

Imagine term limits were already a reality in Illinois. Which lawmakers would be forced out of office because they've served more than eight years?

Mike Madigan
Mike Madigan

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner has made term limits one of his four major campaign focuses. He’s pushing a message of “Eight years and you’re out.” That got us thinking. Which legislators would not be able to retain office following the November elections if Illinois already had an eight-year term limits law in effect? Essentially, which lawmakers have already served in either the House or the Senate for at least eight years?

Some lawmakers have been in office for more than double the maximum length of eight years!


We then created a list of Illinois lawmakers who will have served at least eight years in their respective legislative body by next January. It’s lengthy, but of course, this is Illinois.


This article appears on all Patch Chicago sites. The views expressed in this post are those of Reboot Illinois and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch or its editors.

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Tony Pedretti April 14, 2014 at 01:51 PM
The Post Comment box keeps cutting the URL off. I had to force a line break in the middle to get to all post. Remove the space between /events/ and term_limits when copying and pasting. The correct link is... http://www.bettergov.org/events/ term_limits_edgar_experts_tackle_hot_issue.aspx
Tony Pedretti April 16, 2014 at 11:55 AM
The BGA has added the presentations (ie. slide decks) to the earlier 'Term Limits: Edgar, Experts Tackle Hot Issue' web page. Video that will give context to them should be available within the next week. The 5 people that provided data (versus opinions) are Alden Loury, Alex Gilewicz, Paul Hale, Dr. Karl Kurtz, and Dr. Chris Mooney.
Tony Pedretti April 26, 2014 at 07:01 PM
CAN TV is broadcasting the speeches on "Term Limits for Illinois: Would They Work?" Sunday thru Wednesday this week. http://bit.ly/1tOTcEc
Tony Pedretti April 26, 2014 at 07:03 PM
Features presentations and comments from Lt. Governor candidate Paul Vallas, Dr. Karl Kurtz, Dr. Dick Simpson, Dr. Charles Leonard and Bob Costello. Sunday, April 27, 9:00 AM - Channel 21; ; Monday, April 28, 8:00 AM - Channel 19; ; Tuesday, April 29, 12:00 PM - Channel 21
Tony Pedretti April 26, 2014 at 07:15 PM
If you're not familiar CAN TV is Chicago Access Network Television. You can see their upcoming Highlights including the Term Limits programs here... http://www.cantv.org/highlights/index.html


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