Gov. Bruce Rauner says Illinois needs term limits and a new House Speaker; his People’s Pledge calls for both. Rauner promoted it during a campaign stop in Ottawa Wednesday afternoon.
Streator Republican Jerry Long was with him. He says House Speaker Michael Madigan has been in charge, blocking bills in Springfield, for too long.
The longtime House Speaker has gotten in the way of term limits. When more than 600,000 people signed petitions for a statewide referendum on it, Madigan opposed it in court and won.
Rauner disagrees with critics of term limits who say good office holders have to leave just when they start getting good at their job. Also, staffers or others behind the scenes who aren't term limited might run the show. Rauner says they won't. And he says it takes just six months to a year to learn the job.