Two proposals long supported by Gov. Bruce Rauner aren't included in the new comprehensive legislation he wants the General Assembly to consider. Term limits on state lawmakers and creating a separate redistricting commission aren't among the reforms proposed in Rauner's new bill, though he says that doesn't mean he's given up on those issues this year. "We're not taking anything off the table," Rauner said. "What we're trying to do is actually get movement. Right now, we have done nothing. We are in crisis mode."
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If Rauner hopes to gain some ground with Democrats by leaving term limits and redistricting reform out of his multi-point legislation, State Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) says he'll be disappointed. "Taking something off the table that never really had any strength in bargaining really doesn't help," Mautino said. Unlike other proposals Rauner included in the new bill, term limits and redistricting reforms couldn't have been implemented for several years. Both would require voter approval to amend the state's constitution. Term limits couldn't go into effect until the next General Assembly is seated in 2017, and redistricting reform wouldn't be implemented until after the 2020 U.S. Census.