Today, the Illinois House of Representatives passed legislation co-sponsored by State Representative Mike Murphy (R-Springfield) to institute statutory term limits on leadership positions of the Illinois General Assembly. The historic step to institute term limits in Illinois comes within months of the more than 30-year reign of former House Speaker Mike Madigan coming to an end.
“I am proud to be a co-sponsor of House Bill 642,” said Murphy. “Leadership term limits will ensure that never again will someone like Mike Madigan have practically total control over the legislative process for more than 30-years. I hope the bill receives the same level of near-unanimous support when it goes to the Senate and the Governor can sign it into law without delay.”
Under the provisions of HB 642, no person may serve more than 10 consecutive years as Speaker of the House of Representatives, President of the Senate, Minority Leader of the House of Representatives or Minority Leader of the Senate. While the House Republican Caucus has previously instituted term limits on leadership roles for its members, placing the leadership position limit into state statute ensures that the restriction will be enshrined in law and cannot be altered by a simple rule change.
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