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Support Term Limits of 16 Years For Trustees, 12 For Mayor

In this Letter to the Editor, Niles Trustee Joe LoVerde outlines his position on term limits. A citizens' group gathered 1,000 signatures to force a referendum on the issue, but the village took the issue to court, where a judge quashed it.

 

The following Letter to the Editor represents the views of the writer; Patch merely provides a forum for readers to express their opinions. 

I will be unavailable, for personal reasons to attend the Tuesday October 23 Village of Niles Board meeting. I would like to make my position clear on the very important issue of term limits. As you know I not only signed the petition but also voted in favor of term limits in 2010 when the issue first came up. I have two clearly separate concerns with the recent proposed referendum.

Earlier:

Earlier: Board will discuss term limits on Oct. 23 

I support term limits as follows:  trustees limited to four terms or 16 years. mayor limited to three terms or 12 years.

My reasoning is a newly elected mayor can take office and have available hold over trustees to work with and bring the new mayor up on all current ongoing issues. I believe it would make for a more effective transition and be in the best interest of our community.

I strongly do not support a referendum that would eliminate the rights of people who currently serve our community to be re-elected. The referendum results should be effective upon passage and the term limits should begin as of the day of adoption and not retroactive to any person’s time serving prior to this referendum. If the citizens want elected officials out for reasons of serving too long, there is a process in place called “your right to vote” available to all until the outcome of the referendum. Exercise that right.

Trustee Joe LoVerde

 

 

Jac Charlier October 20, 2012 at 09:16 PM
The issue of term limits is not limited solely to the "your right to vote" discussion. For the most part, that one is somewhat straightforward. The other discussion is the power of incumbency which can, over time, both make and keep the playing field unlevel for those seeking office. So, even if 100% of citizens voted, challenger campaigns would still be at a disadvantage in raising money, getting their message out, etc... Term limits are the resolution between the ideals of our democracy and the reality of our situation.
Bob G October 26, 2012 at 01:32 AM
While I agree with Joe that our votes either put people in or out of office we must also realize that with too many years comes too much power. Hiring and firing village workers etc. this only creates a "Chicago Machine" style of leadership. When a politicians allowed to create a built in voting base and army of people who want to keep their jobs it creates a mighty kingdom in which no outsider stands a chance. All we need do is look at our history and look at Chicago , Cook County and the State where the same people have peen pulling the strings for decades. now we see that their cronies all benefitted at taxpayer expense. It's very surprising that this is not called by what it really is...organized crime. A great mayor is what we had. No doubt. The years created what we ended with. Term limits should bring this into line IMO.
Bob G October 26, 2012 at 01:37 AM
For the record I would vote for you As Mayor Mr. LoVerde. What you do with the Park District is excellent public service. Bringing that expertise to the Mayors office would be outstanding. It would leave a very large pair of shoes to fill at the Park District though.
Jac Charlier October 26, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Bob - Did you see the recent UIC report by Dick Simpson that discussed the idea that the longer politicians are in office, the more likely there is to be corruption...right along your points...
Bob G October 26, 2012 at 04:29 PM
No I have no Jac. I have lived in Chicago and Niles all my life. No need for any reports. We have all seen the results with our own eyes. Niles problems are small potatoes once you look at the MADIGAN cartel and what they have done to Chicago,Cook County and the State. MADIGAN needs to go first buts its the same fools that vote for him in to protect their collective takes.

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