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Rauner: "Voters should demand accountability"

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DU QUOIN --  News 3 met with the Governor Bruce Rauner at his Du Quoin home, where he called a recent Illinois Supreme Court decision an "affront to democracy".

"The system is clearly rigged. It's really broken. The machine in Chicago really runs it for their benefit not for the benefit of the people," said Rauner as he expressed disappointment that the Illinois Supreme Court threw out a voter referendum on the drawing of political maps.

He says Illinois needs that as well as term limits

"The people of Illinois need to stand up and ask for reform, push for it, demand it of the folks running for office. Hold them accountable," he said.

At the heart of this struggle, Illinois' continued bleeding of jobs and people.

Governor Rauner says Illinois remains locked in heated battle for manufacturing jobs with states like Mississippi and Tennessee, which have more evenly matched political parties and some of the reforms Rauner seeks.

"If we had the regulation of the political system where it wasn't rigged anymore, and we had competitive elections and we could reduce the regulatory burden on business we could kick tail," he said.

When Rauner talks about economic development he talks about the kind of state he wants Illinois to be. He often points to Mike Pence in Indiana.

"They're the number one state where our jobs go, and they ain't going there for the weather," Rauner explained.

But Rauner's admiration for Governor Pence has its limits.

Has it forced him to re-evaluate his position on the Republican Presidential candidate? 

"Oh, you know what?  I've said all I'm gonna say about the presidential election. I'm very focused on Illinois, running our government well and making it more pro-growth, pro-jobs, pro-family, higher incomes and the best schools in America. That takes my full effort," he said.

Governor Rauner insists he's not getting personally involved in this fall's elections.

He supports the Republican party but says he's too busy running the state to get personally involved.

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