OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) – Gov. Bruce Rauner says he would sign legislation allowing voters to recall the mayor of Chicago, but he says the law wouldn’t apply to Rahm Emanuel.
Rauner said Monday he hasn’t studied the measure introduced by Democratic state Rep. LaShawn Ford. But he says based on what he’s been told “I would sign that bill.”
The Republican also says he supports recall provisions for all elected officials, and “that would be the best bill to pass.”
Rauner says his attorneys advised him that a recall law would apply only to lawmakers elected in the future, not sitting office holders.
Ford proposed the bill after Chicago released squad-car video of a white officer shooting a black teen 16 times, sparking heavy criticism of Emanuel.
Illinois law only addresses the recall of a governor.