Naperville Councilmen Term Limit Referendum (November 2010)

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A Naperville Councilmen Term Limit Referendum measure was on the November 2, 2010 ballot in the city of Naperville, which is in both Will and DuPage Counties.

This measure was approved in DuPage County.

  • YES 21,837 (71.24%)Approveda
  • NO 8,815 (28.76%)[1]

This measure was also approved in Will County.

  • YES 10,252 (73.16%)Approveda
  • NO 3,761 (26.84%)[2]

City residents were trying to get a question on the ballot that asks residents if they want to limit elected officials to only two consecutive terms in office. Each term would consist of four years. People in favor of this had cited the problem with long standing incumbent elected officials and hope the term limits will help with the issue of complacency. Those opposed said residents could already do that by not voting them into office. Petition workers had hoped to get enough signatures to put this issue on the November 2010 ballot.[3] They needed to collect 9,000 signatures from registered city voters in order to qualify for the ballot. Although this was a tough challenge for the committee heading the petition drive, what they wanted above all was debate on the issues, they wanted people to recognize there is a need for change and if this had not made it to the ballot at least people had to think about the potential for change.[4]

The city council decided, by a vote of 7-1, to put this issue on the ballot rather than wait for petitioners to gather the needed signatures. No promises had been made that the issue would definitely be on the ballot, but the council was willing to look at the issue and talk about alternatives.[5] Petitioners said they would drop their efforts at gathering signatures if the council agreed to put the issue on the November ballot. They noted that they were confident that they could obtain the needed signatures to get it approved, but thought the council adding it on their own would show their willingness to let the people decide.[6]

This measure had been officially approved for the November election. While some members noted they did not like the idea of term limits, the majority felt that it should be given to the voters to decide on.[7]

This measure will take effect starting at the April 2011 council elections.[8]

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