While he did not join his opponent’s campaign for term limits, Gov. Pat Quinn says he is term-limiting himself. “This campaign that I’m running now is the last time I will run for governor,” says Quinn. “I think it’s reasonable to have term limits on statewide officials and on legislators.”
Quinn was elected to a full four-year term in 2010, having ascended to office in early 2009, after Rod Blagojevich was impeached and removed.
While the question of legislative term limits is being kept off the ballot for 2014, advocate Bruce Rauner, the Republican candidate for governor, says he will come at it another way –electing legislators who will put term limits on the ballot.
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“If we elect officials who truly believe in term limits … Pat Quinn used to say he supported term limits. Where’s he been for – he's gone radio silent. He’s been a phony on term limits.”
The men running for U.S. Senate, incumbent Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and challenger State Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove), disagree.
“If eight years is good enough for the president of the United States, eight years should be good enough for Congress,” says Oberweis. “The longer a member of Congress serves in Washington, the bigger a spender they become.”
Durbin says the decision should be up to the voters, adding, “For some people, two years in office is too long. For others, 20 years isn't long enough.”