Remap Revamp People Face a Tall Order

Remap Revamp People Face a Tall Order

The chairman of the Illinois State Board of Elections says the group pushing for a non-political drawing of legislative boundaries will not be able to produce enough signatures in time to get their constitutional amendment on the November ballot.

Yes for Independent Maps is trying to validate enough signatures out of an initial sampling to keep its ballot initiative alive. Their proposal would create and independent, mostly non-political commission to draw boundaries for state legislative districts every 10 years.
However, the group has had trouble proving it has the 298,000 valid signatures needed to be placed on the ballot.

Elections Board Chairman Jesse Smart says nearly 32,000 of the signatures are from people who signed more than once and others that don’t make the cut. “A lot of them you can’t even read at all,” Smart says. “A lot of them are not from Illinois. There’s just many, many sloppy (entries) which I’m sorry for.”

Smart says the reason there were such wide discrepancies in the number of ballots that examiners were allowing is geography. Smart says the signatures collected in Central Illinois were largely collected properly and deliberately, those in the Chicago area, done by hired circulators in some cases, were not.

Smart says 11,918 people signed the petitions more than once; 90 people signed at least 10 times, one name appears 35 times.

The group was given time to show it has enough valid signatures. Smart says he doesn’t think they will be able to. Smart says the board’s motives to halt the group’s initiative are not political. He says he signed the petition himself.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Langfelder: Residency Requirement Ordinance Next Month

5-26-15 Langfelder

The city had a residency requirement for decades until aldermen removed it in 2000.

in Local

SIU HealthCare Launches Online Patient Portal

SIU Health Portal

Patients of SIU HealthCare can now manage their health records online.

in Local

Effort to Save Dick Van Dyke’s Childhood Home

Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Screening at AFI Fest at TLC Chinese Theater

Featuring: Dick Van Dyke
Where: Los Angeles, California, United States
When: 10 Nov 2013
Credit: Nikki Nelson/

A foundation has taken possession of the boyhood home of Dick and Jerry Van Dyke, brothers who made it big in show business.

in Local

Southern Illinois Disapproves of Rauner’s Job Performance — Poll

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate businessman Bruce Rauner participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The four Republican gubernatorial candidates said that they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected but differed on how to approach the relationship during a downstate debate that largely focused on pension reform, taxes and just briefly on personal issues that have dogged some of the candidates.

More than 50 percent of southern Illinois voters disapprove of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s job performance, according to a new poll.

in Local

It’s “Mammogram Monday”

breast cancer

Central Illinois women are being encouraged to get free mammograms in the month of October.