Riversiders vote for trustee, president term limits

Referendum passes by a 4-to-1 margin

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Print

By Bob Uphues

Editor

In the most lopsided local contest of the day, Riverside voters made clear that they're for limiting the village's elected trustees and president to no more than three consecutive terms.

With seven of eight precincts reporting on March 17, term-limit supporters garnered 84.6 percent of the vote compared to 15.4 percent against.

The result, per the question on the ballot, is prospective, meaning the term limits will begin with the next municipal election – for president and three trustees – in spring of 2021.

Putting the question on the ballot was not a universally popular move among former and present members of the village board. Trustees initially voted to place a term-limit question on the ballot in the spring of 2019, after three new trustees were elected but before they were seated.

The 4-2 vote included three yes votes from trustees leaving the village board. The question passed at the time would have been retroactive, meaning it would have applied to people who were already serving their second terms on the board, including Trustee Doug Pollock and President Ben Sells. They would have had a maximum of one more term in those offices had that question succeeded.

Pollock voted against that question, while Sells' vote wasn't needed to break a tie. Sells, however, opposed term limits as a concept.

Legislation passed by the Illinois General Assembly last summer decreed that any term-limit questions on future ballots had to be prospective, not retroactive. That action required a new term-limit question to be placed on the ballot in Riverside.

Late in 2019, trustees – three of them newly elected that spring – voted on a prospective question limiting terms to three consecutively. The trustees' vote deadlocked at 3-3.

While Sells opposed term limits, he said he would honor the action of the prior board, which put a question on the ballot, and he voted in favor.

The new limit means Sells could, if he wished to and if voters concurred, serve three more consecutive terms on top of the two he already has. Sells has already ruled out such a thought, but it's not clear whether he might be up for one more attempt at the president's chair.

 

Contact:
Email: buphues@wjinc.com Twitter: @RBLandmark

Love the Landmark?

Become our partner in independent community journalism

Thanks for turning to Riverside Brookfield Landmark and RBLandmark.com. We love our thousands of digital-only readers. Now though we're asking you to partner up in paying for our reporters and photographers who report this news. It had to happen, right?

On the plus side, we're giving you a simple way, and a better reason, to join in. We're now a non-profit -- Growing Community Media -- so your donation is tax deductible. And signing up for a monthly donation, or making a one-time donation, is fast and easy.

No threats from us. The news will be here. No paywalls or article countdowns. We're counting on an exquisite mix of civic enlightenment and mild shaming. Sort of like public radio.

Claim your bragging rights. Become a digital member.

Donate Now

Reader Comments

No Comments - Add Your Comment

Note: This page requires you to login with Facebook to comment.

Comment Policy

Facebook Connect

Quick Links

Sign-up to get the latest news updates for Riverside and Brookfield.


            
SubscribeClassified
MultimediaContact us
Submit Letter To The Editor
Place a Classified Ad