News

Could Voters Redraw Political Maps?

Could Voters Redraw Political Maps?

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

The campaign to change the way Illinois’ political maps are drawn claims to have enough signatures to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot.

The Yes of Independent Maps campaign says it has 346,759 signatures, which is more than the 297,000 that are needed. But campaign manager Michael Kolenc says they are not finished.

“There’s always the possibility of bad signatures or duplicate signatures, so the campaign has said all along that we’re aiming closer to 450,000 or above,” he said.

The deadline for submitting petitions is May 4. Kolenc says the campaign plans to finish canvassing in the middle of April.

They’re advocating a process for drawing the districts for the state legislature that does not involve politicians, but rather people who are outside the political process and who are mostly non-partisan. If they indeed have the signatures and overcome objections, the measure would go before voters in November.

Recent Headlines

in Local

National Night Out: One Organizer’s Story

8-4-15 National Night Out

The "National Night Out" is a chance for you to meet your neighbors and become friends, in a effort to not only look out for each other, but also to foster friendships.

in Local

Christian County Authorities Look for Man Wanted in High-Speed Chase

Donald Ray Van Hoose III

Authorities in Christian County are looking for a man they say led police on a high speed chase before fleeing a car on foot.

in Local

Schock Spending Continues to be Scrutinized

schock

A new financial report from former Congressman Aaron Schock's political action committee shows campaign money has been spent since he left Congress.

in Local

Duckworth Lawsuit Enters Senate Race

tim_schneider

An ethics lawsuit may factor into next year's U.S. Senate race.

in Local

Blagojevich Wants Full Court Appeal

blagojevich

Blagojevich is hoping the full court will overturn more counts.