Jim Edgar on Term Limits: 'Good Politics, Bad Governing'

Mike Madigan would stick around "just to spite everyone" if term limits became law, says former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar at BGA-sponsored event.

Jim Edgar
Jim Edgar
Bruce Rauner's plan for legislative term limits would cap the amount of time a lawmaker can serve in office at eight years...so if the proposal becomes law following this upcoming election, any lawmakers elected or reelected in the 2014 election would have their clock started. They would not be allowed to retain office following the 2022 election.

Part of the reason term limits have become such a popular reform push in Illinois is because of career politicians such as House Speaker Michael Madigan who has served in the Illinois House for over 40 years. The issue, according to former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar, is Madigan is old enough that eventually he will leave on his own before being forced out by term limits.

But if term limits become law? Madigan will "stay on for eight years just to spite everyone," Edgar said at a term limits symposium co-hosted by the Better Government Association, the Union League Club of Chicago and the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. 

Madigan aside, what were Edgar's other thoughts on term limits in Illinois? 


And along with Madigan, if term limits were passed into law eight years ago, which lawmakers would be forced out following the upcoming election?


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Tony Pedretti April 26, 2014 at 07:01 PM
CAN TV is broadcasting the speeches on "Term Limits for Illinois: Would They Work?" Sunday thru Wednesday this week. http://bit.ly/1tOTcEc
Tony Pedretti April 26, 2014 at 07:03 PM
Features presentations and comments from Lt. Governor candidate Paul Vallas, Dr. Karl Kurtz, Dr. Dick Simpson, Dr. Charles Leonard and Bob Costello. Sunday, April 27, 9:00 AM - Channel 21; ; Monday, April 28, 8:00 AM - Channel 19; ; Tuesday, April 29, 12:00 PM - Channel 21; ;
Tony Pedretti April 26, 2014 at 07:05 PM
Features presentations and comments from former Governor Jim Edgar, Paul Hale and the BGA policy team. Sunday, April 27, 12:00 PM - Channel 21; ; Tuesday, April 29, 8:00 AM - Channel 19; ; Wednesday, April 30, 12:00 PM - Channel 21
Tony Pedretti April 26, 2014 at 07:15 PM
If you're not familiar CAN TV is Chicago Access Network Television. You can see their upcoming Highlights including the Term Limits programs here... http://www.cantv.org/highlights/index.html


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