1 month, 4 weeks ago from chicagobusiness.com
From from chicagobusiness.com:
Illinois Republicans finally may have stumbled on an issue that they can exploit against Gov. Pat Quinn next year: Junking the way those squiggles and blobs known as General Assembly districts are drawn.
In recent months an eclectic group that includes Republican business types like Metropolis 2020's George Ranney and leftish reformers such as Common Cause and the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, launched a drive to put a proposed constitutional amendment on the November 2014 general election ballot. Since then, the original group has morphed into a wider coalition known as Yes for Independent Maps that's begun to draw a fair amount of publicity.
Unlike term limits, a much hotter issue that's being pushed by GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner, the concept of taking away remapping legislative districts from the politicians and turning it over to an independent, nonpartisan panel, draws some backing across the political spectrum. I mean, only your precinct captain brother-in-law really likes the way gerrymandered districts turn out now.
Beyond that, Yes for Fair Maps shrewdly is not pushing any changes in how congressional districts are drawn. Any move that would elect more Republican congressmen here without undoing GOP-designed horrors in states like Texas and Pennsylvania would die fast among the Illinois Democratic faithful.