To the Editor:
On July 29, the Northwest Herald published an editorial titled “Term limits: Beware of unintended consequences.”
It was mentioned that term limits would create a new class of lame ducks each cycle, who might do strange things. Yes, it is possible that a legislator might vote for something that is not in the best interest of the state of Illinois because they are more concerned about securing a lobbying position after they leave the Legislature.
But maybe lobbying is another area that needs to be reviewed and amended as appropriate. Besides, if such a person knowingly would violate their own principles and do something that is not in the best interests of their constituents or the state as a whole, then they probably never should have been elected to office in the first place.
The final point in the editorial questioned whether it is realistic to believe that term limits could be enacted in the current political environment. Well, that statement pretty much sums it up. Our current political environment is the consequence – it is not an unintended consequence.
The government of the state of Illinois truly is dysfunctional because of entrenched, power-hungry, powerful career politicians who are more concerned about their own long-term (never-ending) political “career” rather than the concepts of public service and doing what is right for the state as a whole.