TERM LIMITS - 8 IS ENOUGH

GEORGE WASHINGTON BELIEVED IN TERM LIMITS

8 YEARS WAS GOOD ENOUGH FOR HIM, BUT NOT OUR LEGISLATORS?
IT WILL BE. IT MUST BE.


George Washington

8 years of service as our first President was the precedent he set. It later became part of our U.S. Constitution, but years of trying in Illinois to term limit our elected representatives has failed again and again yet…

  • 80% of Illinois voters support term limits for our representatives – 10% opposed (Paul Simon Public Policy Institute 2018 Poll)
  • Most states have some form of term limits
  • Every year an amendment in support of term limits is introduced in the legislature. And every year it goes nowhere. It’s killed by Madigan and others.
  • Illinois citizens deserve a chance to vote for term limits. We must demand it.

Don’t just believe your representative when they tell you they support term limits. Make them prove it. Ask them to sign our pledge to put it on the ballot so voters finally have an opportunity to vote on it. And if the legislature again fails to put it on the ballot for their own self-serving reasons, tell your representative that you still expect them to abide by the 8 is enough initiative by self-imposing the 8 year limit on themselves and retire from the legislature after they’ve served 8 years. If they truly believe in term limits there’s no reason they shouldn’t agree to abide by the 8 is enough initiative. That is if they TRULY BELIEVE in term limits and aren’t just saying they do while playing the usual political games….. publicly supporting it, all the while secretly supporting their fellow legislator’s efforts to keep it off the ballot. Bottom line is, tell them actions speak louder than words, and let them know on this issue, you demand action. 8 IS enough.

WHAT ELSE WILL TERM LIMITS DO?


Illinois State Capital
  • Term limits will bring to the legislature fresh faces with fresh ideas.
  • Term limits will give legislators more independence to do the right thing for its citizens (us) because they won’t be spending all their time worrying only about getting re-elected.
  • Term limits will restore the true meaning of “public service” by giving more citizens a chance to serve their community.
  • Term limits will allow us to take back our state.
  • Term limits will stop the corruption that too often grows the more years a politician stays in power.

In 2017 we the taxpayers, paid out an astonishing $21.7 million dollars to the politicians (legislators) pension fund just to keep it solvent. With the fund only funded at 16%, that number will substantially increase every year for years to come.

WHY TERM LIMITS? HERE'S WHY! PAY, PERKS, & PENSIONS


Term Limits - Pay, Pension and Perks

ILLINOIS LEGISLATORS PAY

  • Illinois pays all of its 177 legislators a base salary of $67,836  a year for a part-time job. Along with that 71% of them receive “stipends” of anywhere from $10,000 – $28,000 bringing some of their pay close to $100,00. Again for a part-time job.
  • Illinois legislators pay is 5th highest in the nation.
  • Illinois legislators pay is more than twice that of neighboring states Indiana ($24,140) and Iowa ($25,000).

Here’s the yearly cost to taxpayers for the 4 legislative leaders including base salary, leader “stipend”, health care costs, per diem, and the taxpayers share of their pension. All for what is a part-time job.


Jim Durkin

House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R)

$67,836 – Salary
$27,477 – Leader “Stipend”
$17,995 – Taxpayer-funded Pension Contribution
$9,775 – Taxpayer-funded Health Care Benefits
$5,883 – Per diem “allowance”


$128,993 - TOTAL COMPENSATION


John Cullerton

Senate President John Cullerton (D)

$67,836 – Salary
$27,477 – Leader “Stipend”
$17,995 – Taxpayer-funded Pension Contribution
$9,775 – Taxpayer-funded Health Care Benefits
$5,217 – Per diem “allowance”
$156 – Mileage Reimbursement


$128,483 - TOTAL COMPENSATION


Mike Madigan

House Speaker Mike Madigan (D)

$67,836 – Salary
$27,477 – Leader “Stipend”
$17,995 – Taxpayer-funded Pension Contribution
$9,775 – Taxpayer-funded Health Care Benefits
$5,217 – Per diem “allowance”


$128,327 - TOTAL COMPENSATION


Bill Brady

Senate Minority Leader Bill Brady (R)

$67,836 – Salary
$20,649 – Leader “Stipend”
$16,706 – Taxpayer-funded Pension Contribution
$7,556 – Taxpayer-funded Health Care Benefits
$5,786 – Per diem “allowance”
$1,404 – Mileage Reimbursement


$119,974 - TOTAL COMPENSATION


Decatur Herald

Information from the Decatur Herald-Review (7/31/2016)

AND WHAT ABOUT THEIR SWEETHEART PENSION DEALS?

WHAT WOULD THEY RECEIVE IN RETIREMENT INCOME IF THEY RETIRED TODAY?


Retired Legislators Retirement Formula

Receive 85% of salary after 20 years in this part-time job + 3% increase for every year served after 20 years + they receive a 3% cost of living increases annually. Sweet deal huh? And who gave these politicians such an incredibly sweet deal… The politicians themselves of course!


Mike Madigan

House Speaker Mike Madigan (D)

47 years “served”
$67,836 Salary

20 Years @ 85% Salary
+ 3% for each of the 27 years above 20 years


$112,607 Per Year (166% of his salary)


John Cullerton

Senate President John Cullerton (D)

38 years “served”
$67,836 Salary

20 Years @ 85% Salary
+ 3% for each of the 18 years above 20 years


$90,900 Per Year (134% of his salary)


Jim Durkin

House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R)

23 years “served”
$67,836 Salary

20 Years @ 85% Salary
+ 3% for each of the 3 years above 20 years


$63,765 Per Year (94% of his salary)


Bill Brady

Senate Minority Leader Bill Brady (R)

25 years “served”
$67,836 Salary

20 Years @ 85% Salary
+ 3% for each of the 5 years above 20 years


$67,836 Per Year (100% of his salary)


AND THAT'S NOT ALL!

  • Every legislator receives a yearly 3% cost of living raise so those obscene figures you see above grow by 3% a year.
  • Legislators can also “buy time” to increase their taxpayer-funded pension if they’ve worked in any other unit of government (city, county, township). Example 10 years “serving” in the state legislature + 10 years with another unit of government equals a 20-year legislative pension. That’s outrageous!

Arthur Berman

#1 POLITICIAN PENSION RIP OFF


Today out of the hundreds of retired legislators collecting their taxpayer-funded pensions there are 10 of them – and the list is growing – collecting over $150,000 a year. The leader in this scandalous pension grab is former State Senator Arthur Berman receiving a MONTHLY pension amount of $19,652 which equates to $250,191 a year, 4 times his legislative pay while a part-time “public servant”. It’s estimated he will receive over 3.3 million dollars over the course of his retirement. And let’s not forget he gets a yearly 3% raise on top of that!


“Nobody knows how to game the system for personal gain like an Illinois lawmaker”

Forbes

-April 28, 2018

“Illinois lawmakers have one of the sweetest pension deals on the planet earth”

Forbes

-March 31, 2016

$250 BILLION IN
UNFUNDED PENSIONS

- Moody’s Investor Service 2017

That's $19,531 of unpaid debt owed for each one of us - the 12.8 million men, women and children in this state. That's outrageous and that's irresponsible.

TERM LIMITS ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED IN ILLINOIS


There is a “growing voter antipathy toward career politicians who seem to care more about their pay, benefits, perks and longevity than the need for sound decisions that benefit us, the public.”

Crains Chicago Business

-March 4th, 2017


“There is no question that they (term limits) would change the political culture in Illinois… term limits would take away power from political insiders and special-interest groups and return power to the people.

Chicago Tribune

-May 17th, 2018


“Term limits aren’t just a cosmetic change… They’re a powerful reform that can make Illinois democracy work again.

Daily Southtown

-May 5th, 2018


“Surely the Legislature is a prime example of the need for term limits.

Alton Telegraph

-April 23rd, 2017


“Mike Madigan needs to go.  The only way to get him gone is term limits.  Otherwise, he will run Springfield until he can’t no more.

Franklin County News

-April 23rd, 2017

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