CHICAGO (CBS) — While Republican candidate for governor and top GOP lawmakers are calling for term limits for elected state officials, the state’s top Republican, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, is saying he doesn’t agree.
WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner has been pushing a voter initiative to amend the Illinois Constitution and limit state lawmakers to no more than eight years in the General Assembly.
Kirk said he opposes that plan, even though he strongly endorses Rauner for governor.
“In general, I don’t support term limits, and do support Rauner,” Kirk said. “I think he’s the right guy for the state.”
Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) and Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) have introduced a separate proposal to amend the state constitution to limit the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, comptroller, and treasurer to two terms in office.
But Kirk said if people want to fire their elected officials, they can vote them out of office.
“If you want to fire your legislator, just vote against them,” Kirk said.
Supporters of term limits have said incumbents have too much power, and it’s hard to vote them out.