Illinois has a tradition of inept government, and while some people would like to see changes and reform efforts, the system tends to favor the status quo. Witness initiatives to add term limits to elected officials. Both gubernatorial candidates, Bruce Rauner and Pat Quinn, support term limits, though Quinn has found that position a little less pleasing now that he’s attempting to win a second term.
But in order to even get such a proposal on the ballot this November, it needs a 3/5 majority from both (heavily Democrat-controlled) legislative houses and approval from the State Board of Elections. Ask yourself this – how likely are career politicians like Mike Madigan and John Cullerton to let this happen? After all, they’ve built their fortunes and power base through longevity. It term limits did make it onto the ballot, polling indicates the voters would support it – but that’s if, if such an initiative can be worded simply enough for everyone to make sense of it. Anyone who’s voted in Illinois a few times has seen their share of vague and murky language. Still, if Rauner threw some money behind it, maybe we could get term limits. Continue reading