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Government State

Franks introduces term limits legislation

SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois lawmaker has introduced a proposal to ask voters in 2015 if term limits should be imposed on leaders in the state Legislature.

State Rep. Jack Franks filed legislation on Monday that would put a nonbinding question on the statewide municipal election ballot next April. The Marengo Democrat says that the structure of state government needs to be overhauled.

Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan recently became the longest-serving official in his leadership position in the nation.

Franks' plan is different from another term limits proposal being pushed by Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner. The GOP candidate's effort would put term limits on all legislators. His constitutional amendment would also shrink the size of the Legislature and give the governor more veto power.

The bill is HB6281.

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