Have You Signed the FairMap Petition Yet?
By Kevin Robinson in News on Feb 23, 2010 5:40PM
The IL Fair Map Amendment aims to change how this happens. The League of Women Voters, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, and other reform-minded groups have banded together to pass a citizen’s initiative to change the way redistricting is done in Illinois. In order for their initiative to appear before Illinois voters on this November's ballot, the coalition must collect 500,000 signatures by April 1, 2010. In a nutshell, the IL Fair Map Amendment would establish a temporary, independent commission of nine people (two chosen by each of the four legislative leaders, and the ninth elected by the eight other members), require public meetings on the matter across the state, and require a two-thirds vote by the state legislature for approval. To sign the petition (which, like most ballot and constitutional matters in Illinois is complex and specific), check out the IL Fair Map Amendment's website. For an in-depth breakdown of how the proposed and current processes work, check out the Brennan Center for Justice's analysis here.