Advocates for changing how Illinois draws legislative districts hope their latest  attempt takes root.

Some advocates are pushing for an Illinois constitutional amendment to change how legislative districts are created in the state.

Rauner Speaks on Legislative Redistricting

Nov 13, 2017

Governor Bruce Rauner continues to support legislative redistricting reforms that take politicians out of the process. But the Republican governor laughed off a reporter’s question on whether he’d recuse himself from redistricting, if elected to a second term.

A divided Illinois Supreme Court is sticking by its decision on redistricting.  An organization called Independent Maps wants voters to change the Illinois Constitution so a commission would draw district boundaries, rather than legislators themselves.

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he has a plan for redistricting reform that will pass Illinois Supreme Court muster.  The Democrat says he thinks the state's high court should appoint a Fair Redistricting Commission every ten years after the U.S. Census. 

Governor Bruce Rauner says there are still serious issues facing the state, and he hopes a compromise can be reached so that Illinois can move forward soon.

Gov. Bruce Rauner is renewing his call for term limits and says the General Assembly should vote on the idea in the fall.  

Rauner delivered a campaign-style speech Monday in Chicago. Relying on a teleprompter, he spoke for less than 10 minutes and wouldn't take reporters' questions.

The first-term Republican says Illinois politics needs new ideas and faces. He says he'll be pushing term limits during a two-day state tour.

Supporters of changing how Illinois draws its legislative maps are defending their effort in court. 

The initiative is facing a lawsuit, similar to one that brought down a redistricting plan two years ago. Both attempts would have a commission to draw districts, instead of lawmakers themselves.

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A coalition wanting to change the state's redistricting process has cleared a big first hurdle.  But it has another one ahead.  The state board of elections says the group Independent Maps did collect enough signatures to put the issue on the ballot.  Enough of them passed a sample test by the elections board.

A grassroots movement pushing a constitutional amendment for November's ballot turned in more than 570 thousand petition signatures to the Illinois State Board of Elections today.  

A group continues its push to have Illinois voters weigh-in on changing the way state political districts are drawn.  The goal is to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot that would create an independent committee, instead of lawmakers, to draw legislative maps. Cindy Canary is the executive director of the Independent Maps group.  She says they hope to gather twice the required number of valid signatures, which would be about 600,000:

  Longtime state Sen. David Luechtefeld from southern Illinois says this will be his last term in office.  The Okawville Republican says he won't seek re-election after he finishes serving his current term. Luechtefeld was allowed to run in 2012 in the 58th District after new legislative boundaries put his home outside of the district. If Luechtefeld wanted to run in 2016 he would have to move, which he says he won't do. Instead the 74-year-old says this will be his last term in office.

Group pushes for statewide redistricting change

May 7, 2015

A group wants voters in Illinois to weigh-in on changing the way state political districts are crafted.  But this isn’t the first push to that end:

Group trying to re-draw district lines

Apr 28, 2015
Peoria Public Radio

A group of wealthy and influential Illinoisans are trying to change a fundamental part of state politics that isn't often talked about. 

Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon stopped in Peoria Wednesday to announce her support for a statewide effort to change the way political districts are drawn. “Yes! for Independent Maps” is aiming to get a constitutional amendment question on the November 2014 ballot to have an independent commission determine boundaries.  The goal is to make Illinois legislative district boundaries less politically driven and more compact and contiguous. Simon says the amendment aims to make political boundaries more consistent:

Townhall mtg to address redistricting

May 28, 2013


Area residents can share feedback on a proposed state constitutional amendment that would change the way political districts are drawn. Lawmakers currently draw the lines. But grassroots groups “Change Illinois!” and “Reboot Illinois” propose creating an independent commission to fill the role.  

Group pushes Illinois redistricting plan

May 15, 2013

A grassroots group says it is almost done with a plan that would change who draws Illinois legislators’ districts.