Bloomington city council discusses putting term limits on themselves

By WEEK Reporter

March 17, 2014 Updated Mar 17, 2014 at 10:37 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Bloomington city council members discussed limiting the number of terms they can serve.

The issue came up after the council set term limits on board and commission positions last January.

Those positions were given a nine year term limit with the ability to come back after one year.

However, board and commission positions are not elected by the public and city council positions are.

"So they're different from city council members," said Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner. "If the public doesn't like the city council members or are upset with them, they can dump them in the next election or if they don't like me they can defeat me in the next election for mayor. So that's the process for holding them accountable."

Only two aldermen on the council have been serving since before 2007.

There is no plan to move forward with any action on term limits.