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Rauner responds with pledge of his own

ILLINOIS (WCIA) -- Days after Governor Bruce Rauner called JB Pritzer out for what he calls a politically-charged pledge, he's rolled out one of his own. He calls it the People's Pledge.

Rauner's urging lawmakers to sign on, vowing they won't re-elect Speaker Michael Madigan to the top post in the House and put term limits on the ballot.

They're bold statements, but Rauner says he wants to put the issue on the record to hold candidates accountable.

Thursday, he relaunched a website dedicated to the cause and included a summary of the pledge. He's calling on both parties to sign it.

The site makes it crystal clear Speaker Madigan has to go in order to "save Illinois." It's the message Rauner has echoed for years. Voters have mixed reactions about the pledge.

"To serve unending is not necessarily a good thing, but the animosity Rauner shows towards Speaker Madigan is kind of side-stepping his lack of progress."

"We'd like Rauner to focus on the substantive issues. No more of this drama with Mike Madigan."

"They need to think independently and they need to see their constituents' viewpoints before they say they're voting for this."

Polls show almost 80% of voters support term limits and the issue is supported across the aisle.

Rauner made two campaign stops to draw attention to the pledge. He was joined by top House Republican, Minority Leader Jim Durkin.

Unlike the abortion pledge, the governor didn't assign a deadline date, but does say the list will be important for the upcoming election.

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