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Gov. Rauner launches "The People's Pledge" in Marion

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MARION, Ill. -- Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and other southern Illinois Republicans stopped in Marion to launch a new initiative focused on getting term limits for state lawmakers. 

"We’ve got to change the system to get a better future for our children and our grandchildren," Rauner said.

Rauner was among several Illinois Republicans in Marion Thursday signing "The People’s Pledge". The pledge has two goals: establishing term limits for elected officials and voting for anyone but Mike Madigan as speaker of the Illinois House.

"It’s been run by one person," Rauner said. "A guy named Mike Madigan." Madigan, a Chicago-based Democrat, has been in control of the Illinois legislature for 33 of the past 35 years.

Removing Madigan and imposing term limits have been consistent themes of Rauner’s reelection campaign. State Representative Dave Severin was among lawmakers who joined Rauner at the event.

Severin says it’s past time for Madigan to go, "Anyone but the person that’s in there now. I’m not even going to say his name. I think we’ve mentioned his name enough today, but the people want a different name, right?"

The lawmakers signed the pledge and called on politicians from both sides of the aisle to do the same.

"This is not about Democrats versus Republicans," Rauner said. "Democrats support term limits just as much as Republicans. More than 80 percent of the people in Illinois support term limits."

Rauner is calling for lawmakers to put term limits on a statewide ballot so the voters, not politicians, can make the decision.

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