(Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove was sworn in as the State Senator for the 25th District during inaugural ceremonies January 11 in the Senate Chambers. Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis administered the oath of office to Senator Oberweis and his Senate colleagues as the General Assembly convened its 100th biennial session. Senator Oberweis has served in the Senate since 2013.)
Senate lawmakers took immediate bipartisan action on the first day of the 100th
General Assembly to enact term limits for legislative Senate leaders, according
to Senator Jim Oberweis.
Cosponsored by Senator Oberweis, Senate Resolution 3 sets a limit of 10 years for
legislators serving as Senate President and 10 years for legislators serving as
Senate Minority Leader. Senate
Resolution 3 was adopted January 11 with a unanimous vote of the Senate.
a relief to have Senate Leaders Christine Radogno and John Cullerton set aside
partisan rhetoric and act immediately on an issue that Illinois citizens have
told us they support,” Senator Oberweis said. “Contrast
the Senate action to the House Democrats re-electing Michael
J. Madigan to his longtime post as House Speaker, a position he has held for 32
of the last 34 years.”
25th District Senator said term-limits for legislative leaders is an
important first step and serves as a good example of the kind of compromise
that will get Illinois back on track.
will continue to work for term limits for ALL legislators. We must take this important first step and
build off it,” Senator Oberweis said. “Our Senate leaders have filed a package of
legislation that provides a full-year budget with matching revenue and tackles
a broad range of issues, including a property tax freeze for homeowners,
workers’ compensation reform, and pension reform, among others. The legislation also includes the possibility
of a tax increase, which I do not like, but at least we have something on the
table to talk about.”