Governor Rauner pushes for term-limits during Metro East visit

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BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI) - Illinois governor Bruce Rauner Wednesday pushed for term limits in the Metro East, saying those limits could help avoid situations like the state`s budget standoff.

Since Monday Governor Rauner has been crisscrossing the state pushing for term limits that he says will help break up entrenched political power.  It`s an idea he`s been pushing ever since he ran for office in 2014.

But judges keep shooting it down.

This afternoon Rauner brought his term limit tour to a farm in Belleville, where an invited audience nodded in agreement as he decried the fact that in the most recent Illinois primary 88 percent of the candidates had no opponent.

Rauner is calling on the legislature in its fall veto session to put a term limit amendment on the ballot in 2018.

Rauner has also been pushing for a change in the way legislative districts are drawn, but last week a court blocked that proposal as well.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan who has been in the legislature for 45 years said, “The speaker believes the healthiest approach is for voters to make the decision at the district level every two years.”