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Term limits just a ploy to elect Rauner

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Term limits just a ploy to elect Rauner

Many readers have probably signed a petition recently for a term limits amendment to the Illinois Constitution. Did you know the person circulating the petition is being compensated to do so and is not part of a grass-roots movement? This is a purely political ploy to elect a millionaire governor.

More importantly, imposing term limits on elected officials is not the way "the republic, for which we stand" is supposed to operate. Term limits allow citizens to be lazy and shirk their civic responsibility. It is up to every citizen to be engaged in the political process, to question candidates' positions, to become informed on the issues and to vote in every election, including primaries and local elections.

After the election, citizens should make their voices heard. They should let their representatives (city council members, state legislators and U.S. Senators and Representatives) know whether they support or oppose pending legislation. If their elected officials do not respond appropriately, citizens should vote them out of office.

Do your civic duty, do your due diligence, and if a term limits amendment shows up on the ballot in November, vote "No!"

Diane Niesman


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