This article addresses the need for change in a seniority-based political system which fosters and is dominated by self-serving career politicians who rarely appear to serve the public interest. Campaign finance reforms and other remedial approaches show no signs of abating this situation. Term limitations, however, offer a reasonable check on the evil inherent in prolonged legislative power. Even though the constitutionality of state-enacted limitations on federal legislators is debatable, state enacted limitations on state legislative terms are constitutional. The "limited" popular constitutional initiative provided for in the 1970 Illinois Constitution--and the Illinois Supreme Court decisions interpreting that provision--appear to allow for legislative term limits in Illinois. Thus, Illinois may soon participate in the national term limitation movement.
College of Law
Northern Illinois University Law Review
"Legislative Term Limitation Under A "Limited" Popular Initiative Provision?,"
Northern Illinois University Law Review: Vol. 14:
1, Article 3.
Lawrence Schlam, Legislative Term Limitation Under A "Limited" Popular Initiative Provision?, 14 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 1 (1993).