Aug 10, 2016

Q-C Republicans call for term limits, re-districting reform (Dispatch/Argus)

“Career politicians have made a mess in Springfield,” Ms. McCombie said.

MOLINE — State Sen. Neil Anderson and Republican legislative candidates Tony McCombie and Daniel Swanson said Wednesday Illinois needs term limits and changes to how legislative districts are drawn.

Regardless of party, people want changes to the length of terms in office and to district mapping, Sen. Anderson, R-Rock Island, said during a morning news conference with Ms. McCombie, Republican challenger to Rep. Mike Smiddy, D-Hillsdale; and Mr. Swanson, Republican candidate to replace the retiring Rep. Don Moffitt, R-Gilson.

Sen. Anderson said a lack of such checks and balances allows corruption.

“We have seen what the absence of these critical reforms have done to our state,” he said.

Legislation outlining such reforms should be presented to the General Assembly during the fall veto session, Sen. Anderson said. He contended the only reason change has not yet occurred is because it would take careers away from career politicians.

Whether or not action occurs during the veto session will depend on Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, Sen. Anderson said.

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