After reading the November 28 Reader [“He Gave Them the Budget and It Was Done”] I’m left pondering, why aren’t there term limits for mayor in Chicago? The notion of term limits has been running amuck in the free world since the 18th century. And it’s universally considered to be a good idea. And if the reasons for term limits are to bring fresh new ideas to government, to insure that diverse voices and opinions are heard, to prevent abuses of power, and to allow greater participation in government–then Chicago is sorely in need of term limits for mayor.
It’s appalling and bizarre that a major American city’s government operates without even the myth of democracy and no checks or balances.