The editorial board of Freeport's Journal-Standard is fed up with House Speaker Mike Madigan. They wrote Thursday:
If we need a poster child for the term limits argument, it is Michael Madigan.
Illinois’ Speaker of the House since 1983 (with a two-year hiatus in the 1990s when Republicans controlled the House), the Democratic representative from District 22 near Chicago’s Midway Airport has accumulated too much power over the years.
The fact is, despite the statewide power he wields, the vast majority of Illinoisans haven’t elected Madigan to anything.
Under his tenure, Illinois’ financial picture has continually worsened to the point of crisis.
Illinois faces a $15 billion budget deficit. Its state-funded pension systems are in the hole as much as $100 billion or more. Madigan’s not solely responsible for the state’s fiscal problems, but he’s a big part of it.
The 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1951, established a two-term limit for the president of the United States. There are no term limits for U.S. Congress or Senate, or for state office.
We would support seeing term limits, at least for state offices in Illinois.
Which begs the question: Think Speaker Madigan cares?