To the Editor:
Hot on the heels of what could be considered a decisive election, the DeKalb County Board has made a decidedly bi-partisan reform, by adopting a three-term limit for leadership roles.
We continually hear about the need for term limits because of the power of elected officials such as House Speaker Michael Madigan. However, we already have a term limit safety net built in, it’s called elections. Elections are the method by which we restrict how much or how little time someone serves in office.
Artificial term limits are governmental control, denying the free will of the people. The issue of term limits are often brought up during elections. They may sound pretty but really send a bad message, that the voters are not able to elect their own representatives. The crux of the problem is how to prevent elected officials from gaining too much power.
During his campaign for state representative, Paul Stoddard brought up the idea of limiting the amount of time legislators could serve in leadership roles, and I think this is a better approach. This allows constituents to elect the person they want to represent them, but also allows for fresh leadership in the legislature.
I appreciate that the DeKalb County Board heard Stoddard’s message and adopted it in a nonpartisan manner. My hope is that other county boards and municipalities across Illinois follow suit and send a clear message to Springfield that the time has come for limits on leadership.