Term limits is a time-honored tool of democracy to restrict the time any one person may serve in a particular elected office. In this section, you can find out more about the need for term limits, especially on Chicago Mayors.
Supporters have made various arguments for term limits. Here are a few we’ve heard:
The Amendment reads:
“No person may hold the office of Mayor for more than two consecutive elected 4-year terms (with all prior consecutive terms of the current officeholder counted in determining the term limit for that officeholder).”
Since the incumbent Mayor will have served two consecutive four-year terms, he would be ineligible from seeking reelection in 2019.
The Take Charge Chicago referendums are binding, meaning the voters can directly change the structure of their government by voter referendum, bypassing the Mayor and City Council. These referendums are guaranteed by Article VII of the 1970 Illinois State Constitution and would be Chicago’s first binding referendums in memory.
How does this become the Law of Chicago? It’s a two-step process.
First, 52,519 registered Chicago voters (8 percent of the Chicago turnout in the 2014 gubernatorial race) would need to sign a petition to put the two Take Charge Chicago referendum amendments on the ballot. Then, if a majority vote “Yes” on each referendum, the reforms would automatically take effect in the 2019 Mayoral election.
The Chicago Consumer Advocate would be a new independent watchdog, elected by the voters citywide to a four-year term (instead of being appointed by the Mayor).
The Consumer Advocate will be a strong voice who will stand up to the insiders on behalf of consumers and taxpayers who are not getting a fair shake. The Consumer Advocate will also be a steward for a healthful environment and a vigilant monitor of City Hall compliance with the Freedom of Information Act.
The Consumer Advocate will tackle issues neglected by City Hall and stand up for beleaguered consumers and taxpayers. The Consumer Advocate will fight against unfair insurance practices, cable TV abuses, credit redlining, scanner scamming at the grocery store, and unsafe drinking water. The Consumer Advocate will also open the doors of City Hall and bring in more sunshine by forcing compliance with the Freedom of Information Act.
Yes, but it’s primarily concerned with licensing and regulation, more of a rubberstamp than an independent watchdog. The current Commissioner is appointed by the Mayor, not elected by the people. The Consumer Advocate would replace the Commissioner of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection and earn the same pay as Chicago’s City Clerk ($133,545), much less than the current BACP chief ($157,092).
“Shall Chicago establish an elected Consumer Advocate for taxpayers and consumers to replace the appointed Commissioner of the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection?”
Specific duties include:
The Chicago Consumer Advocate would be created by the voters through a binding referendum. It is part of the Take Charge Chicago campaign, which also calls for a term limit on Chicago Mayors. Take Charge aims to collect 100,000 signatures to put both referendums to the voters. If the Chicago Consumer Advocate referendum is approved by voter referendum, then the Chicago Consumer Advocate would be elected by the voters in the 2019 municipal election.