Mayoral Term Limits Backed By Political Reform Advocate

Craig Dellimore
June 13, 2018 - 6:18 pm
Chicago City Hall
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Former Illinois governor Pat Quinn has received an endorsement in his petition drive to limit all Chicago mayors—including incumbent Rahm Emanuel—to just two terms in office.

Standing outside Mayor Emanuel’s fifth-floor City Hall office, Quinn said Wednesday petitions are circulating.

The measure he is pushing for a voter referendum would bar Emanuel from running again, if passed, Quinn claimed. But Emanuel’s campaign disagreed.

Endorsing the term-limit effort was former Chicago alderman Dick Simpson, a noted advocate of political reform. He said Emanuel and both Mayor Daleys are examples of how unlimited terms mean too much power and political advantage.

“We are best served by strong mayors, but not emperors,” Simpson said.

He said 25 Illinois municipalities have mayoral term limits.

Dick Simpson, left; former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (WBBM Newsradio/Craig Dellimore)

Quinn hopes to gather 100,000 petition signatures by Aug. 6 to get the measure on the November ballot.