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Illinois Needs Term Limits & Fair Maps


To fix its broken state government, Illinois needs term limits for members of the General Assembly, and fairly drawn district maps so both parties have a chance to win. That's according to a republican lawmaker and two candidates for the state house who held a news conference in Moline Wednesday.

State Senator Neal Anderson, from Rock Island, hopes both can be voted on and passed, during the veto session this fall. 
Now serving his first term in the Illinois Senate, Anderson has promised to serve only two terms.

Savanna Mayor Tony McCombie is running in House District 71 now represented by Hillsdale democrat Mike Smiddy. She says the career politicians have made a mess in Springfield.

Over time they accumulate power and money and become removed from the people.

McCombie says term limits and fair district maps would allow new people with fresh ideas to help turn around the General Assembly, and state government.

Joining them Wednesday was Dan Swanson, from Alpha, who's running for the Illinois House in District 74 - it's now represented by Don Moffitt who's retiring.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.