* Rockford Register-Star…
A supporter of pro-life, term limits, the Second Amendment and someone who vows to support the men and women in blue “unconditionally” wants to represent the area in Springfield. […]
[Eli] Nicolosi is challenging incumbent state Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Cherry Valley [in the Republican primary]. […]
“After redistricting, a new map is now in effect and career politicians have been on pins and needles about how it is going to affect their district,” Nicolosi said. “Well, I’m here to tell you the 35th District should never be anyone’s district at all. It’s the people’s district.
“That’s why I believe in term limits. … real honest to God term limits that are law, not just recommendations that you can ignore in time.”
A one-year term in the Illinois Senate is six years. After his speech, Nicolosi said two terms in the Senate is needed to accomplish goals, but he also said, “Anything more than 10 years, you are pushing it. And what I can tell you is 30 years is too long.”
Um, Illinois Senate terms are staggered at 4, 4 and 2 years. Two terms, therefore, could be as many as eight years or as few as two. Perhaps a little research was in order?
* But Sen. Syverson has indeed been around almost 30 years, and here’s his texted response to me on the issue…
Well, If I was gone in 10 years we would not have a Hard Rock [casino] in Rockford. And we could come up with a number of other examples of major things done in part due to my seniority. As you know, when you’re new, so much is staff driven. It takes years to build the relationships to understand how the system works. Especially when it comes to constituent work to understand and know all the agencies.
When I get to the point where I believe I cannot be effective for my constituents I’ll be the first to go.
Plus look how much I’m saving the state. I’m working for nothing every year. I maxed out at 20 years. If I quit today my pension would be more than what my salary is, so I’m actually working for nothing 🤷🏼♂️
I guess I’m the real conservative.
I definitely detect some snark there.