SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Senate Democrats stopped term limits for Illinois' executive officers by placing a brick on a proposal.
With only one spot left on the November 2014 ballot for an Assembly-originated referendum, Minority Leader Christine Radogno appeared before the Senate Executive Sub-Committee on Constitutional Amendments, asking them to consider a proposal adding Illinois to the 35 states that now have term limits for executive offices.
When asked why she had formerly opposed term limits and was now supporting them, Sen. Radogno said "My position has evolved." Term limits seem reasonable to "those of us who are pulling out our hair because the state is in such bad shape," Radogno said.
Radogno's co-presenter, State Rep. Jim Durkin, pointed to the poor economic conditions and unemployment in Illinois as the reason why new faces should be presented to the voting public after two terms of holding office.
Committee chairman Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) and Senator James Clayborne (D-East St. Louis) voted against moving SJRCA 69 out of committee, and State Senator Luechtefeld (R-Okawville) voted yes.
The hearing is viewable HERE