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Discussion falls flat on term limits

Madhu Mayer | 4/10/2019, 8:27 p.m.
Term limits will not be happening anytime soon in the Village of Plainfield. At the suggestion of trustee Ed O'Rourke, ...

Term limits will not be happening anytime soon in the Village of Plainfield.

At the suggestion of trustee Ed O'Rourke, the Plainfield Village Board during Monday's committee of the whole discussed whether term limits are an option worth pursuing. Currently, trustees and the mayor are elected to four-year terms on the village board. But O'Rourke asked if there is an appetite out there to limit the terms elected officials serve.

"I believe in the confidence of the voters," replied trustee Larry Newton. "Everyone has an opportunity to make changes in four years. This is not like in Congress where you are getting lobbying money." Trustee Bill Lamb, who recently lost his seat on the village board in the April 2 election, said he does not support term limits. "Since I've been replaced, the voters have the right to do it," he said. "We don't control things. We make policy decisions."

Trustee Cally Larson also does not see a need for term limits. "I support term limits at higher government, not at the local level," she said. Village trustee Brian Wojowski agreed with his colleagues, saying he will let the public decide on who they want to support or vote off the board. "If it's not broke, why fix it?'' he asked. "In my opinion, if things are working well, they can always work better," replied O'Rourke.