Term Limits for Illinois - Would They Work?

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Jim Edgar speaking about term limits for Illinois

In April 2014, the Institute co-sponsored an event with the Better Government Association, examining the topic of whether term limits in Illinois government would work. 

“Legislative term limits have long been a popular response to perceived corruption or inaction in politics. Almost eight in ten (78.7 percent) favor, and more than half (54.0 percent) strongly favor a proposal to limit state representatives to five consecutive terms and state senators to three consecutive terms.”

“Less drastic is a proposal to limit how long legislators can serve in leadership positions, such as Speaker of the House or President of the Senate. This has been just as popular in the three years we have been testing it; this year more than half (53.8 percent) strongly favor and another quarter (24.1 percent) somewhat favor legislative leadership term limits.”

The 2012 Simon Poll on Ethics and Reform in Illinois


1. The Effects of Term Limits, Karl Kurtz, National Conference of State Legislatures

2. The 2014 Simon Poll - Voter Opinions on Term Limits in Illinois, Dr. Charles Leonard, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute

3. State Legislative Term Limits: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Chris Mooney, Director of Institute of Government and Public Affairs, University of Illinois

4. How Did We Get Here? Term Limits Nationwide and in Illinois, Alden Loury, Senior Policy Analyst, BGA and Alex Gilewicz, Policy Associate, BGA

5. Voter Petitions for Term Limits in Illinois: A Conflict Between Popular Desire and Constitutional Constraints, Paul Hale, JD Candidate, Law and Policy Intern



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