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Letter: Part of the cure

Published: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 11:46 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

An open letter to Bruce Rauner – Mr. Rauner, is it any wonder that you are pushing as hard for term limits on all members of the Illinois General Assembly as you are?

There is no solid way to keep people in our state legislature from quickly spending most or all their time concentrating on getting re-elected instead of finding out what we as citizens of Illinois want the elected representatives to work on that will create more jobs so that our country will become economically healthy and as productive as it used to be.

There is a steady flow of people who get in bed with industries and lobbyists who have their own narrow interests and will spend a lot of money on politicians to legislate in favor of things that won’t benefit the country as a whole. There are strong, intelligent people who need to be encouraged to actively get involved by example, which is something this country needs badly.

One way to help achieve this is to install term limits on all state elected positions. When a man knows he has only two or three terms to get things introduced and voted on, he will realize that he better get at it. The state of Illinois is rapidly deteriorating because we habitually spend more than we bring in, and it has to stop.

When you win the governor’s job, you will be able to force a number of General Assembly members to acknowledge that term limitation must be respected.

The readers of my comments will hopefully write their representatives and tell them they are part of a bad operation and term limitation is part of the cure.

People who get in bed with industries and lobbyists who do likewise have their own narrow interests that bring politicians into the legislative arena. This is just what we must hold to a minimum.

Chuck Barr

St. Charles

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