Tinley voters to see term limit question
By Mike Nolan firstname.lastname@example.org August 5, 2014 9:54PM
Updated: September 8, 2014 10:31AM
Voters in Tinley Park will see at least one referendum question on the November ballot asking whether they want to restrict the number of terms the village’s mayor, trustees and clerk can serve.
Village trustees at Monday’s board meeting OK’d putting the term limits issue before voters. It would be the second time in two years that residents have been asked to weigh in on the matter.
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 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.
Eberhardt also is gathering signatures for a binding term limits referendum question that would apply retroactively, potentially ending the political tenure of the mayor and some long-serving trustees.
It was that petition drive that prompted village officials to get their own version in front of voters.