Try, try again

Try, try again

Posted by Mike Riopell on Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:41

A handful of good-government and other lobbying groups plan to announce a push this week to collect 300,000 signatures from Illinoisans and amend the state constitution to change how political boundaries are drawn.

When Democrats rolled to big victories in the suburbs in November, they were aided by a new political map the party was able to draw on its own. Republicans mostly had no say because Democrats control all of state government.

That map lasts for 10 years and could really dampen the GOP chances in Illinois that entire time. Advocates say politics should be taken out of boundary drawing.

In 2010, good-government groups and Republicans tried to get a so-called Fair Map amendment on the ballot for voter approval, but they couldn't find enough signatures in time.

The new map will be drawn by lawmakers in 2021.

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