* The plan is to run a constitutional amendment soon, but in the meantime the Senate decided to change its rules right away…
The Illinois Senate approved new rules today placing term limits on the leadership positions of the chamber. State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) issued the following statement:
“New ideas and a fresh perspective are always beneficial to our democracy. By instituting this rule, we can guarantee that the Illinois Senate will always be led by someone with a positive vision for our state. I applaud Senate President Cullerton for his leadership in making sure this rule could become a reality.”
The new rule change would limit both the President of the Senate and the Minority Leader of the Senate to five two-year terms.
Yes, this is a mainly symbolic gesture because the Senate can change its rules whenever it wants.
But every public move like this cranks up the pressure one more notch on Speaker Madigan.