Illinois Redistricting

An attempt to change Illinois’ redistricting process has been found unconstitutional.

The so-called Independent Maps proposal would have asked voters to change the state constitution — so instead of legislators drawing House and Senate districts, that work would be done by an special commission.

Illinois has strict limits on changing the constitution by referendum, and a Cook County judge ruled that the remap proposal did not meet the requirements.

Independent Maps spokesman Jim Bray says the group will appeal.

A measure giving Illinois voters a chance to decide if an independent commission should draw the state's political boundaries is a step closer to the ballot.  The State Board of Elections voted that the group called the Independent Map Amendment appeared to have enough valid signatures for the constitutional amendment and is ready for ballot certification in August.  

The Illinois Senate has adopted a plan that would create a uniform, interstate process for drawing political boundaries.  Chicago Democratic Sen. Kwame Raoul's plan was adopted 42-6. 

A plan to change how legislative districts are drawn in Illinois has cleared the state House.   Lawmakers currently draw district maps. 

A measure to change Illinois’ constitution affecting how legislative districts are drawn is one step closer to making it onto the November ballot.  The Independent Maps campaign has raised more than 580,000 signatures in support of the proposal, twice the number required.  

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  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 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. 

Rethinking redistricting in the state

Oct 17, 2013
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  Yes! for Independent Maps is aiming to get a constitutional amendment question on the November 2014 ballot. The effort needs 300,000 registered voters signatures by May 4, 2014 get the question on the gubernatorial ballot.