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Tinley Park considering term limits

Former Tinley Park mayoral candidate Steve Eberhardt (left) pretended 2013 be debating with mannequdepicting Mayor Ed Zabrocki village hall.

Former Tinley Park mayoral candidate Steve Eberhardt (left) pretended in 2013 to be debating with a mannequin depicting Mayor Ed Zabrocki at the village hall. | Steve Metsch~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: July 14, 2014 2:07AM



Tinley Park trustees are considering putting a binding referendum on the November ballot that would, if approved by voters, limit the number of terms elected village officials could serve.

Nearly two years ago, in an advisory referendum, Tinley Park voters overwhelmingly endorsed term limits for the mayor, trustees and village clerk.

Trustees will discuss a possible referendum question at a village board committee meeting Tuesday, and a resolution that would put the proposal to voters in November will be up for its initial reading at the village board meeting later that evening.

The referendum question would ask voters whether elected officials should be limited to three consecutive four-year terms. If approved by voters, term limits would take effect with officials elected in next April’s municipal election.

In November 2012, nearly 17,000 village residents voted to support term limits, while about 6,600 opposed the matter.

The results of the voting were nonbinding, however, on elected officials.

Spearheading the effort to get that advisory referendum question on the ballot was attorney Steve Eberhardt, who in April 2013 was unsuccessful in his bid to unseat Mayor Ed Zabrocki, who was elected to a ninth term.

In February 2013, the village board approved establishing an independent seven-person panel to weigh the pros and cons of term limits. The panel’s 70-plus-page report, delivered to the board in September of that year, didn’t recommend or discourage the adoption of term limits. The panel did suggest that, if the board were in favor of limits, officials should serve no more than three consecutive four-year terms.



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