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Remap: Illinois reformers can keep losing to the Democratic machine. Or ...
Backers of a remap amendment appeared to have all their teeth intact, but it was clear at a Wednesday news conference they had been kicked in the mouth. Once again, machine politics won. Voters…
State independent map amendent ruling effectively outlaws citizen-led reform
“The Constitution is supposed to protect the people from tyranny. Instead the entrenched political ruling class is now using that very document to silence the voice of democracy.”
Victory came 1 vote short; don’t give up on redistricting
One vote is all that stood in the way of the Independent Map Amendment being approved by the Illinois Supreme Court for placement on the Nov. 8 ballot.
Government for the politicians
Aug. 25 — a Thursday — was a dark day for the state of Illinois, and that's putting it in the least disturbing words possible.
Keep pushing for anti-gerrymandering reform
Last week’s Illinois Supreme Court ruling that knocked an anti-gerrymandering constitutional amendment off the Nov. 8 ballot was a big setback for democracy in our state, but reformers…
System rigged against voters
The Illinois Supreme Court last week allowed the redistricting process to remain rigged by effectively killing a voter-led attempt to change the way in which legislative district boundaries are drawn.
Fair maps shouldn't be victims of partisanship
The majority seems to be setting the bar so high for ballot initiatives that it's almost impossible for a citizen-led effort to succeed.
One vote invalidates 563,974 in Illinois
“The Illinois constitution is meant to prevent tyranny, not to enshrine it,” Justice Robert Thomas wrote in his dissent.
We must not surrender to Illinois 'tyranny enshrined'
It’s easy in Springfield to back major structural and ethical reforms when you know your party’s legislative leaders will ensure they never are called for a vote, legislative…
After remap decision, might as well make Mike Madigan king
The Independent Maps campaign raised millions of dollars and collected nearly 600,000 signatures. It had more than enough support to have earned a chance to present its idea to voters in November.
Supreme Court's Democratic majority sides with Madigan on redistricting. Surprise!
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Robert Thomas had some choice words for four colleagues who joined in a ruling that knocked a citizen-driven redistricting amendment off the Nov. 8 ballot: "The…
Voters, take back your state
A half-dozen states have given ordinary citizens, not politicians, the power to draw legislative boundaries, which plays a big role in who gets elected every two years. It's a shame Illinois can't…
Editorial: Who’s financing the fight against fair legislative maps?
The People’s Map, a political organization formed to fight against independently drawn legislative maps, has not disclosed any contributions or expenditures on the forms it filed with the…
Jim Dey: Tight schedule requires quick ruling on amendment
With their backs pressed firmly against the wall, advocates of a proposed state constitutional amendment to end legislative gerrymandering in Illinois are fighting a two-front war to keep their…
Editorial: Unstacking political deck a card at a time
The latest effort, an Independent Map Amendment proposition supported by more than half a million Illinoisans, now sits before an Illinois Supreme Court we fervently hope will look at it with fresh…
Editorial: Supreme Court should allow Illinoisans a vote on remap reform
The Illinois Supreme Court was entirely correct to allow an emergency motion for direct appeal last week on a Cook County judge’s ruling that knocked the Independent Map Amendment off the Nov.…
Editorial: One last obstacle for the Independent Map Amendment
The volunteer army fighting for a fair redistricting process beat the deadline for submitting its petitions with more than 100,000 signatures to spare and passed the validation process with flying…
Editorial: A breathtaking dereliction of duty
Readers may be tired of hearing about it, but the Independent Maps amendment, if it makes the November ballot, would be the most important decision before them, which is saying something if the…
Editorial: What you can do to promote healthy competition in state elections
With luck, a proposal to change the way legislative districts are drawn up in Illinois will be on that November ballot, and we cannot urge you strongly enough to vote for the reform.
Editorial: Pats on the back for Independent Maps
. . . Illinois voters should get to choose their politicians rather than the other way around.
Editorial: Reformers win huge battle, enlist to help win remap war
If you haven’t joined the fight, please commit to doing so today.
Editorial: Forget 2016 Illinois budget, maybe 2017
November would be a good time to place blame on the lawmakers who have allowed this impasse to grow the state’s deficit to a projected $10 billion. November is also a good time to approve the…
Editorial: Signature win for maps plan
The effort to put a constitutional amendment on the fall ballot to end the rigging of state legislative elections has passed a big test.
Editorial: Citizens deserve right to vote on map amendment
Illinois government needs a ton of reforms, but this is the one that would make the most difference.
Editorial: A new party
Perhaps then Illinois will have a prayer of getting back on the right path. Perhaps then Illinois will have elections again that are not effectively rigged. It is almost impossible to believe that…

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