The answer is term limits

Opinion: Letters To The Editor

January 8th, 2019 3:12 PM

As I watched the news of Alderman Edward Burke's arrest, I was thrilled (I know, innocent until proven guilty). Then they went to commercial break and, to my amusement, a commercial featuring Michael Madigan came on. The ad says, "It's a new day in Illinois with an agenda to put families first again. … In the fights that lie ahead, Democrats are on your side," Madigan said. 

The irony of it all: The Burke case is the Illinois version of term limits. You can enrich yourself as long as you can until you're removed from office, not by voters but by law enforcement. 

I wish this paper would call out our local politicians on the need for term limits (Mike Madigan squashes these referendums with a battery of lawyers every time), and not allowing elected politicians to use their law firms to enrich themselves with state business. I hope this paper takes this up, or at the very least, question state Senator Don Harmon and others before you give them space on these pages to ring the bell for Mike Madigan and tell us a fair tax will save Illinois and that it's a new day.

Sean O'Malley

Oak Park

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  • Bruce Kline (Facebook Verified)

    Posted: January 12th, 2019 4:56 PM

    Alex: A democracy gets the leaders it deserves. In the last election the people voted for the policies and candidates you disparage (disparage for good reason IMO). But the people have spoken. So yes, this IS what we wanted. And the consequences are indeed well earned and deserved.

  • Alex Garcia (Facebook Verified)

    Posted: January 12th, 2019 2:11 AM

    The Madigan commercial is a brazen and callous "F.U." to everyone in Illinois. That man and his party know that they have a death grip on this state, as they've had for decades now. It's a wink, wink, nod, nod attempt at irony and is saying that even token opposition to Illinois Dems' monopoly and abuse of power is now defeated and there is not even a glimmer of hope tnat anyone can do anything about it. Enjoy folks. Apparently, this is what you wanted.

  • Tom MacMillan from Oak Park (Facebook Verified)

    Posted: January 12th, 2019 12:20 AM

    Madigan's "agenda to put families first again" was referring to families of local Democratic Party politicians. Preckwinkle hiring Ed Burke's son for $110,000 of work he was unqualified for as the perfect example. We may need to increase the sales tax or do a soda pop tax to pay for these so called workers and their pensions. They call that Public service. Don Harmon is so not ever going to do anything about it.

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