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Letter: Illinois needs term limits

To the editor:

There have been numerous calls for term limits for our elected officials but they seem to have never gained much traction. Apparently our politicians like their jobs so much they just don't want to leave. It's nice to like your job.

However in so many businesses and industries there is mandatory retirement. Many jobs require that you must retire from these positions after so many years, it's inevitable and natural.

Race car drivers and airline pilots and professional sports players and so many people in so many different jobs all know there will come a day when you're a little slower, a little more tired or maybe you're just ready to do something else.

Except in politics where so many in elected office simply go on and on as long as they keep winning elections.

Today, Mike Madigan, the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives for thirty eight of the last forty six years is celebrating his 75th birthday.

If there was ever a case for term limits it would include Speaker Madigan as well as Senator Durbin who's been a Senator for over thirty years. The current state of Illinois' finances leads us to this conclusion.

But in Mike Madigan's case mandatory retirement should have happened years ago.  

Mike Simon

Glen Ellyn

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