Independent Map Amendment
In Springfield on Feb. 10 to mark the nine-year anniversary of announcing his candidacy, President Barack Obama addressed the Illinois General Assembly. His speech was both a walk down Memory Lane and a look to the future – his vision of what he believes is necessary “to build a better politics.”
He singled out redistricting reform as one of the keys to improving political discourse. Although he was talking about reform of congressional redistricting, his arguments against partisan gerrymandering also apply to redistricting of the Illinois House and Senate.
Using the White House transcription of President Obama’s remarks, we’ve excerpted the redistricting reform section of his speech. And in (COMMENT) paragraphs, we added our own annotations about redistricting of state legislative districts in Illinois.
Read the full blog post HERE »
As we begin a new year and head into the final months of our petition drive, we reflect upon our progress over the past year and look forward to big things in 2016. Read our year-end report HERE »
The number of Independent Maps supporters continues to grow. Recent additions include Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI), CHANGE Illinois, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Independent Voters of Illinois - Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO), and the Union League Club of Chicago.
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Need a primer on redistricting?
This informative and entertaining explanation, courtesy of CHANGE Illinois, explains Everything You Need To Know About Redistricting. Click on it. Learn. And then subscribe HERE for occasional updates about the Independent Map Amendment.
The Independent Map Amendment will create a system where the voters choose their representatives instead of the representatives choosing their voters.
By adopting the Independent Map Amendment, the redistricting process in Illinois will:
- Produce Illinois House and Senate districts drawn without regard to incumbency or partisanship;
- Attract more candidates for the General Assembly and more competition for legislative seats, resulting in more choices for voters;
- Protect the voting rights of racial and ethnic minorities and prohibit drawing maps that dilute or diminish the ability of racial or language minority communities to elect the candidates of their choice;
- Respect communities with shared interests and avoid breaking through political and geographic boundaries; and
- Allow the public to view and participate in redistricting. Illinoisans deserve legislative elections where issues are debated, candidates listen to their constituents and voters have choices.
“At Issue” program on redistricting reform with Cindi Canary, Executive Director of Independent Maps, and Brad McMillan
VIEW REBOOT ILLINOIS INTERVIEW WITH CINDI CANARY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF INDEPENDENT MAPS
VIEW THE VIDEO OF OUR CAMPAIGN LAUNCH
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