Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wants state lawmakers to take up a constitutional amendment involving term limits during the fall veto session.
He made that request during a Monday speech in Chicago. His speech came after a Cook County judged ruled last week against a proposed constitutional amendment to change the way the state's legislative maps are drawn.
"Term limits and fair maps would give the people of Illinois more control over our broken political system. But the politicians holding power said no," Rauner said. "Last week they said no again. A lower court threw out this year's Fair Maps proposal that has the support of nearly 600,000 Illinois citizens, support from both Democrats and Republicans.
"We cannot let this stand," the governor continued. "The only way to overcome entrenched political power is for the people of Illinois to never give up, to keep pushing forward for reform. That's why we're here today."
Rauner kicked off a two-day state tour Monday as part of his push for a term limits constitutional amendment.
"Our people want action on the challenges we face. People want us to fix the broken system that has put our state deep in the hole," the governor said. "But in Springfield, too many career politicians holding power have been happy to kick the can down the road and do nothing about our biggest problems."
He added, "We desperately need new faces and new ideas in Illinois politics. We need to make serving in government more about public service, and less about power and a government pension. That should be obvious. We need it in the Republican Party, in the Democratic Party, and throughout the political spectrum. New faces need to believe they have an even chance of winning in a truly democratic election."