Gov. Rauner Outlines New Number One Priority
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WRSP) —
Gov. Bruce Rauner is renewing his calls for redistricting reform after the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the citizen's initiative to get the constitutional amendment on the 2016 ballot.
The Governor says redistricting should be the number one priority of lawmakers when they return to Springfield after the election in November.
He says the current system of democracy in the state of Illinois is broken and politicians aren't held accountable by competitive elections.
Rauner says he wants redistricting reform passed before he can agree to a comprehensive budget deal that will include a tax hike.
Rauner did say the second priority should be pension reform, after the Teachers Retirement System voted to lower their expected investment returns, meaning the state will be on the hook for hundreds of millions more when it comes time to make the pension payment.
Rauner says it should be easy to pass redistricting because it's a bi-partisan issue with hundreds of thousands of supporters who signed petitions to get the question on the ballot.
Lawmakers are expected to return to Springfield for veto session for four days after the election.
The stopgap budget only runs through the end of this year.