The Republicans of Illinois are drawing up a redistribution plan once more, and public hearings are ongoing in authorities and politics
“We have a wonderful opportunity ahead of us to rethink the way we draw maps in Illinois. For too long, neither party has been able to draw maps the way people wanted,” said the Rep. Tim Butler, R-Springfield.
In 2016, Illinois voters used petitions to get a constitutional amendment for an independent redistribution on the ballot. The state’s Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional.
Republicans believe they have the support of Democrats, including House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, and Governor JB Pritzker, who have both expressed support for an independent or fair card.
“We should amend the Constitution to create an independent commission to draw up legislative maps, and I have supported these efforts for years. In the meantime, I would like to urge Democrats and Republicans to agree to an independent commission to work on a new legislative map deals.” Pritzker said on a 2018 questionnaire for the Northwest Herald.
“The governor knew he would veto a partisan card. In his view, legislative cards should reflect the gender, race, and geographic diversity of Illinois and uphold the decisions of the Voting Rights Act that help ensure racial and political life Language minorities are fully represented in the electoral process, “the governor’s office said in a statement.
“Every year we hear how much (Democrats) support fair cards,” said Jim Durkin, chairman of the R-Western Springs Minority House of Representatives. “Many of them were elected on this particular issue. I can’t think of a better way how (Pritzker) can move forward as the transparent and open governor he walked on.”