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Term Limits

John Mellencamp: U.S. Presidents Should Get Four Terms

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics

John Mellencamp has a plan for improving the way the U.S. government is run: give presidents the opportunity to serve for 16 years. During a conve...

Illinoisans See the Legal Limits of Their Constitution

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.25.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The Illinois Constitution is designed to protect itself from amendments with grassroots origins. The authors of the 1970 constitution and the voters who ratified it made a clear statement: Constitutional amendments offered to voters should, with one narrow exception, come from elected lawmakers, not ordinary citizens.

Illinois Term Limits Effort Comes to an End in Court

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.21.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Wednesday's ruling from the First District Court of Appeals about legislative term limits in Illinois upholds a June decision by Cook County Circuit Judge Mary Mikva that found the proposed amendment unconstitutional and ineligible for inclusion on the ballot.

Is Progressive More Than a Word in Politics?

Julio Pabon | Posted 08.11.2014 | Latino Voices
Julio Pabon

The word progressive has been heard more in this past New York City mayoral race than any other I can remember. The fact is that after more than two...

That Didn't Take Long... Lawsuit Filed to Stop Term Limits and Redistricting Efforts

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.01.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Two citizen-backed constitutional amendments are heading down the road toward becoming laws. Those amendments being, of course, redistricting reform and legislative term limits.

Is It Time for Term Limits in Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.30.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

A proposal from Illinois' top two GOP lawmakers to have a constitutional amendment instituting term limits for the executive branch on the November ballot failed to make it out of the Illinois Senate this week.

$100 by Tuesday and You Could Be a State Senator: Great Pay, Hours and Benefits!

Kevin Walsh | Posted 06.18.2014 | Detroit
Kevin Walsh

Do you hate those knocks on the door with people holding clipboards? Have you thought of running for office but don't want to be the next Avon lady?

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

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.11.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

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.

If Term Limits Were Already in Place in Illinois, Who Would Be Gone?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.27.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner has made term limits one of his four major campaign focuses. He's pushing a message of "Eight years and you're out." That got us thinking.

Sam Stein

The Original, Nefarious, Big-Moneyed Koch Brothers Campaign

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) took to the Senate floor two weeks ago to denounce energy tycoons Charles and David Koch...

Dare to Do Tax Reform

Jim Jaffe | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

The chairman of the Ways and Means Committee unveil a tax reform plan that everyone agrees is both credible and going nowhere.

Jon Ward

Tom Coburn Decides Only A Constitutional Convention Can Fix Washington

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When I entered Sen. Tom Coburn's office on Capitol Hill, he declined my offer to shake hands, telling me he had a cold. That reminded me...

Rauner Backs 29-Year "Career Politician" in Kentucky Primary

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Doug Ibendahl

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner says he has a big beef with career politicians. And for that reason Rauner's supporting an Illinois term-limit initiative.

Former NY Governor Criticizes 'Permanent Political Class': 'They Dictate Our Lives'

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) criticized Washington politicians who seek to “stay here forever and say nothing” in an interview with Bloo...

Tom Tancredo and the Lord

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 02.26.2014 | Denver
Christopher Brauchli

Tom Tancredo will probably be calling on the Lord again. When he needs to change his mind he lets the Lord do it for him. When he makes a decision he later regrets, he simply calls on the Lord who then decides what he should do.

A Legacy of Congressman Bill Young: Term Limits Not Answer to Fixing Political System

Steven Kurlander | Posted 12.30.2013 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

Young was a career politician, the longest serving Republican in the House of Representatives. He was remembered as a devoted public servant, eulogized not only as an important advocate for the American military and wounded veterans, but also for his tireless work for his district.

Term Limits Are Not the Answer

Sean McElwee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Unlike other reforms, which would improve the U.S. political system (campaign-finance reform, more earmarks, open primaries, a shortened campaign season, redistricting reform, actual journalism) or scrap it all together, "term limits" would do nil to make our political system better.

Judge to Quinn: Pay 'em! Decision and Reactions

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.27.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

You probably know by now that Gov. Pat Quinn lost his attempt to cancel paychecks for lawmakers. Cook County Circuit Judge Neil Cohen sided with House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton in their lawsuit against Quinn.

Why You Should Resist Term Limit Temptation

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.26.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

We're hearing a lot about term limits these days because Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner has started a strongly financed initiative to add term limits to the Illinois Constitution.

Term Limits and Unintended Consequences

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.19.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

With Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner backing a well-financed effort to put a term limits constitutional amendment on the 2014 ballot, the issue has more momentum today than it's had in 20 years -- since then-Treasurer Pat Quinn nearly got term limits onto the 1994 ballot.

Eliminate 'Lite Gov' Office? Let the People Vote, Says BGA

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.16.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Pat Quinn has sought to cast his race against Bill Daley for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination as a case of the populist who fights for the little guy (Quinn) vs. the "big shot" who has traveled in elite political and business circles.

Third Term Problems for Bloomberg and Quinn

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Today, after a Democratic primary in which the strongest Bloomberg critic of all the candidates won a resounding and broad victory, a different picture of Bloomberg's mayoralty, one that is grounded in his less successful third term, is emerging.

Emanuel on Letterman: Chicago Mayor "Best Job Ever'

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.10.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Hear Emanuel's response and his thoughts on gun control, Syria and running a president's staff -- plus a pretty good impression of his former boss, Bill Clinton -- in the video.

No Joke: You Paid $700,000 for Doors

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.05.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Turns out that Illinois state employees are among the highest paid, though Illinois does not top the list even among Midwestern states. But Illinois also has the fewest state employees per capita of all states. We break it all down in today's infographic. You be the judge of what constitutes "overpaid."

Audit: Metra Payout Unnecessary

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.21.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Patronage, clout, hush money, misuse of public funds... there are so many ways the events surrounding the departure of former Metra CEO Alex Clifford have exploded into the biggest Illinois scandal of the summer.