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Friess, Costello spar on term limits

By on July 18, 2018 at 3:22 pm

State Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Smithton)

David Friess

The Republican candidate for 116th District State Representative signed “The People’s Pledge” last week and asked his Democratic opponent to do the same.

The People’s Pledge is a campaign launched by the House Republican Organization that was announced by Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday. 

The pledge calls for candidates for public office to promise to vote to impose term limits on elected officials and oppose Democrat Mike Madigan when it is time to elect the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives. 

“Politicians like Mike Madigan run for office year after year, accumulating more power and personally enriching themselves off public service,” David Friess of Red Bud said. “Madigan himself has been in power since 1971. That’s 47 years in office and that’s wrong.”

Rauner also expressed support for the pledge.

“The people of Illinois are sick and tired of destructively high taxes and corruption,” he said. “By signing The People’s Pledge, candidates for the State House of Representatives are demonstrating their commitment to cleaning up state government through term limits and replacing Mike Madigan as Speaker.” 

Rep. Jerry Costello II (D-Smithton) said he does not plan to sign the pledge.

“I do not sign pledges of any sort,” he said. “I believe this whole pledge gimmick is designed to distract from the record…>>>

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James Moss