Nybo Challenges Dillard on Term Limits
Latest candidate debate a prelude to a Feb. 12 forum in Elmhurst.
Term limits was one of the topics of the evening at a candidate forum in Wheaton Tuesday.
State Rep. Chris Nybo (R-41st, Elmhurst) who is running in the newly drawn 24th Senate District, faced off against Sen. Kirk Dillard, the incumbent in the current 24th.
Nybo is serving his first term in the state House, and Dillard has spend 17 years in the Senate.
At a forum hosted by the Wheaton League of Women Voters and the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Nybo said one of his top priorities if elected will be to impose term limits on all members of the General Assembly, and he filed a bill Jan. 10 that would accomplish that.
Nybo said in a press release that state representatives should serve no more than six terms, and senators should be limited to three.
“Serving in the legislature was never meant to be a lifetime career, but too many legislators have made it that,” Nybo said. “Illinois government has a sad history of being unaccountable to the taxpayers and irresponsible with their tax dollars, primarily because we have too many career politicians who place self-interest above the public interest.”
Nybo's bill, if passed, would impose term limits beginning in the first general election after it is adopted.
Dillard, in an interview with the Daily Herald, said Nybo doesn't realize the work it takes to be a state senator on a daily basis, and he doesn't have what it takes to stand up to Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Dillard has said his priorities include cutting $4 billion to $6 billion from the state budget, repealing the 67 percent state income tax hike and reforming the state pension system.
The two have been invited to meet again, along with DuPage County Board candidates, at a forum hosted by the Elmhurst League of Women Voters from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Frick Center at Elmhurst College, 190 S. Prospect Ave.
The winner of the Republican primary will face A. Ghani of Oak Brook, who is uncontested in the Democratic Primary.