Illinois State Senator Jil Tracy is leading an effort in Springfield to include a fair maps amendment on an upcoming election ballot.
The initiative would grant control of redistricting Congressional and General Assembly maps to a non-partisan, independent committee rather than politicians. Tracy says-- “Presently, voters have no say in the redistricting process, which decides the legislative maps and elections for an entire decade,” said Tracy. “Time is truly of the essence to get a fair maps amendment on the ballot before the remapping in 2020. Members from both sides of the aisle have come together in support of an amendment to place the power of redistricting in the hands of the voter and improve the democratic process in Illinois.”

Every 10 years, following the decennial U.S. Census, Illinois’ Congressional and General Assembly maps are redrawn. Illinois currently has a winner-take-all system for the redistricting process, where the politicians who are in control right now have the power to draw the maps for the next 10 years.

Tracy urges constituents to sign her petition to demand a fair maps amendment on the ballot this year.