Greater transparency, bipartisanship needed to redraw maps
State Senator Steve McClure (R-Springfield) says the citizens of Illinois deserve the opportunity to vote on a process to draw fair legislative maps to improve the broken system that has plagued the state for decades. He and other Senate Republican Caucus members are asking Illinoisans to help put a Fair Map Amendment on the ballot for the next election. The move would give voters the power to pick their legislators instead of letting lawmakers pick their voters.
On Wednesday, Feb. 6, Sen. McClure joined his Republican colleagues for a press conference at the capitol, where they called for a change in how political maps are drawn. For many years, the citizens of Illinois have had to endure partisan legislative maps drawn behind closed doors to benefit one party over the other.
Senate Joint Resolution-Constitutional Amendment 4, (SJR-CA 4), sponsored by lawmakers from both parties, would give voters the opportunity to amend the Illinois Constitution to create a new, non-partisan system for redistricting. Sen. McClure and his Senate Republican colleagues have signed on as co-sponsors of the bill.
“People are tired of the partisan games being played every time there’s a new map,” said Sen. McClure. “This amendment would allow the voters to change that.”
This new system would increase transparency and curb partisanship to give the public a better understanding of how their legislative districts are being redrawn, and why—making state government better for everyone.
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