Rauner says it will make it tougher for incumbents to hold their seats, and that will keep insiders out of Springfield. Critics say shrinking the senate will actually make senators more distant from their constituents.
"The largest drive in my district was 45 minutes. Under the new district it would have been something like two to two and a half hours to the farthest part of my district." That's when former State Senator Larry Bomke decided to call it quits.
2012's new legislative map would have made it nearly impossible to travel around as much as he wanted to. "I would have picked up a district that would have gone from Sangamon County straight west to Missouri and almost down to Alton."
Before that, Bomke was known as the Senator who spent his free time at events, as many as 10 per weekend. "The one thing I prided myself on was being out in the community and often people would say to me I was going to call you but I knew I'd see you."
A new proposal would make that tough for a lot of downstate Senators already struggling with huge districts. It would shrink the State Senate by 18 members. The man behind the proposal says it would make senate races more competitive.
But Bomke says it could remove some of that face to face contact, and that's the core of good government. "In downstate now even today you have districts that are huge and to reduce the number of senators would make it even more difficult."
Making this change would require a Constitutional amendment. Voters would have to approve it. Right now, Rauner is collecting signatures for that proposal. It would also increase the size of the State House, and cap lawmakers terms at eight years.