Senate candidate pushes for legislative term limits to rejuvenate Illinois
Michelle Smith, a Republican candidate for state Senate in Illinois’ 49th District, has issued a statement on term limits, arguing they would serve to rejuvenate the state.
In her letter she stated, “For the past 30 years, our state has endured the corrupt rule of House Speaker Mike Madigan. He rewards his foot soldiers in the General Assembly with hundreds of thousands in campaign donations in exchange for supporting the agenda of Madigan insiders. That agenda has given us fewer jobs, less opportunity and more dysfunction.”
Smith said she believes that Illinois can make a comeback, but only with a reformed system. This includes term limits for state legislators.
“Term limits will rejuvenate our Legislature with civic-minded officials who value good government. They will eliminate entrenched politicians whose interests too often align with those of their donors,” she wrote. “Most importantly, they will make it impossible for a single individual like Mike Madigan to hold Illinois hostage to a policy program that puts the interests of political insiders over those of our citizens. Our state needs legislators who will vote for term limits to protect government of the people from the career politicians who only care about their next election.”
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