Rep. Wheeler: House approves bill to impose term limits on legislative leaders

The Illinois House of Representatives voted today to pass legislation co-sponsored by Assistant Minority Leader Rep. Keith Wheeler, R-Oswego, to impose a 10-year term limit on legislative leaders. The legislation is House Bill 642 and applies to the positions of Speaker of the House, President of the Senate, and Minority Leader of both the House and Senate.

“Passing this bill would have been impossible just a few short months ago, during Mike Madigan’s decades-long grip on power,” Representative Wheeler said. “Now, finally, we are able to turn the page on a bipartisan basis and chart a new path forward together. No longer will power be concentrated in the same few people in Illinois for an unlimited period of time. This is one small but important step to begin restoring public faith in state government and accountability to the legislative process.”

House Bill 642 now advances to the State Senate for consideration where it is expected to pass. The bill was approved in the House of Representatives by a vote of 115-0-1, with only Rep. Will Davis (D-Hazel Crest) voting Present.