Bill groups want to institute term limits for state officials
The issue of term limits is being addressed in three separate bills this year at Y&G.
Eric Guo, one of the co-sponsors of S-O-16 from Neuqua Valley High School explained, “In Illinois right now there are no term limits so politicians can serve in office for however long they want.”
Guo, along with his bill group, created this bill to prevent “the problem of career politicians.”
Guo used the example of Representative Michael Madigan, a Chicago Democrat who has been in office for 34 years.
“When you’re in office that long, you become disconnected from the public voters, the people you’re supposed to represent,” said Guo.
The bill was also designed “to stop corruption in Illinois government and get fresh ideas from people who care about the people.”
Derek Schneider, the Lake Park Senate sponsor of S-G-09, claims he was inspired to create his “term limit” bill by reading “a fascinating report by the CATO Institute [a Washington think tank] regarding how a lot of states have adopted this system, and it has worked out very well for them.”
Schneider said that these states have “seen an increase in diversity as well as an overall reduction in taxes because of it as well.”
Schneider believes his bill is different than the other two because his bill “directly impacts how other bills will be made. We have a much more defined outlook as to what it’s supposed to do. We believe ours is very well-researched and is based off of real world statistics.”
Mariah Dowell and Abby Clayton, the House and Senate sponsors of H-O-08, also concerning term limits, from WIlliamsville High School both believe their bill will do well at the Capitol based on the success they have had so far.
“I think our bill would benefit Illinois because if we elect new politicians and get the old ones out, the state will benefit as a whole,” Clayton stated.
Dowell believes that Illinois has “too many career politicians and it will be nice having new perspectives with ideas that represent the younger generations.”
(written by Jamie Lamb, Lake Park)