Friess signs pledge promising to fire Madigan, place term limits on lawmakers
Republican candidate David Friess recently challenged his opponent, Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Smithton), to sign a pledge to fire House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago).
Friess is one of several candidates and lawmakers adding their names to “The People’s Pledge," which calls for members of the Illinois House of Representative to promise to place term limits on legislators and state officeholders, and also oppose Madigan as House Speaker.
“As a candidate for state representative, I pledge to support a constitutional amendment that puts term limits on state lawmakers and statewide officeholders,” Friess posted on Facebook. “I pledge that the very first vote I will make as state rep will be to vote for a candidate for Speaker of the House other than Mike Madigan.
Friess also asked his supporters to demand Costello sign the pledge as well. So far, 15 candidates and current lawmakers have signed the pledge, according to firemikemadigan.com.
Friess is running against Costello in the 116th House District in November’s general election. He was an Air Force C-142 crew chief operator during Operation Desert Storm and has made ousting Madigan a central theme of his campaign.
The 116th District runs from Cahokia to Chester, and from the Mississippi River to St. Libory, Coulterville and DuQuoin to the east.