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Independent Maps responds to Illinois Supreme Court refusal to reconsider ruling on redistricting reform amendment
CHICAGO – Dennis FitzSimons, Chair of Independent Maps, on Tuesday issued the following statement in response to the Illinois Supreme Court’s refusal to reconsider its 4 to 3 decision…
Independent Maps asks Illinois Supreme Court to reconsider its 4 to 3 party line decision against redistricting reform amendment
The Independent Maps coalition on Wednesday filed a petition asking the Illinois Supreme Court to reconsider its recent ruling denying voters the ability to vote this November on the proposed…
Independent Maps disappointed with Supreme Court ruling; weighing option of seeking rehearing
Dennis FitzSimons, Chair of Independent Maps, on Thursday issued the following statement in response to the Illinois Supreme Court’s 4 to 3 decision disqualifying the redistricting reform…
Independent Maps argues lower court ruling would eviscerate right of Illinoisans to propose constitutional reforms
SPRINGFIELD, IL. – In a final brief presented to the Illinois Supreme Court, attorneys for Independent Maps argued a lower court’s ruling against the constitutionality of the…
Independent Maps Coalition Asks: Who is Financing People’s Map Efforts to Deny Illinoisans the Right to Vote on Reform?
“Our intent in writing this letter is to fully understand Illinois regulations for ballot initiative committees and to see that the same rules apply to all involved. The citizens of Illinois…
New Independent Maps brief to Supreme Court adds new citations from constitutional convention to bolster legal argument
“The language of the Illinois Constitution and legislative history of the convention debates are indisputable,” said Dennis FitzSimons, Chair of Independent Maps. “Redistricting…
DIVERSE COALITION SUPPORTING THE INDEPENDENT MAP AMENDMENT ASKS COURT “LET THE PEOPLE HAVE THEIR VOTE”
SPRINGFIELD, IL – A diverse coalition of two dozen business, consumer and public interest organizations has urged the Illinois Supreme Court “to allow democracy to prevail and to let the…
Independent Map Amendment will appeal to Illinois Supreme Court following Circuit Court ruling
“We are disappointed that Judge Larsen has ruled against the Independent Map Amendment and the 564,000 Illinois residents who signed a petition to change a broken system and eliminate the…
Independent Map Amendment Petition Signers Have One Thing in Common: The Diversity of Illinois
The more than 563,000 Illinoisans who signed petitions to put the Independent Map Amendment on the ballot were reflective of the diversity of the state and a strong cross section of political…
Independent Maps Announces $1 Million Summer Media Campaign
CHICAGO – The Independent Maps coalition on Friday began a $1 million summer television and digital ad campaign to tell voters how they can change the system with fair elections that will make…
Board of Elections Certifies Independent Maps Petition Signatures
CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE) today unanimously voted to validate the petition signatures of the Independent Map Amendment.
Independent Map Amendment Passes Petition Test at Board of Elections
SPRINGFIELD, IL – A state review of Independent Map Amendment petitions indicates the submitted petitions likely contain more than the minimum 290,216 valid signatures of registered voters…
INDEPENDENT MAPS COALITION PREPARED TO WIN COURT BATTLE WITH OPPONENTS OF FAIR AND IMPARTIAL REDISTRICTING
Independent Maps, the non-partisan coalition advocating impartial state legislative maps, issued the following statement in response to a lawsuit filed by opponents of fair elections.
Independent Map Coalition Delivers Nearly Twice the Number of Petition Signatures Needed to Qualify for November Ballot
SPRINGFIELD — State officials on Friday accepted a truckload of Independent Map Amendment petitions with nearly twice the minimum number of signatures needed to put the proposed government…
Independent Maps Completes Massive Petition Drive
CHICAGO — Independent Maps, the non-partisan statewide coalition advocating for redistricting reform, announced on Friday that its yearlong petition campaign has been completed successfully…
Independent Maps Seeking Volunteers to Help Collect Petition Signatures on Election Day
CHICAGO — On March 15th, the day of the primary election, supporters of redistricting reform will fan out to polling places across Illinois to collect voter signatures on petitions for the…
MORE THAN 510,000 ILLINOISANS HAVE SIGNED PETITIONS FOR THE INDEPENDENT MAP AMENDMENT
CHICAGO – With 11 weeks remaining in the petition drive for redistricting reform, the Independent Maps coalition has exceeded the 507,500 petition signatures collected in the 2014 effort and is…
President Obama to Illinois General Assembly: Time to Reform Redistricting
Dennis FitzSimons, Chair of the Independent Maps coalition, issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s address to the Illinois General Assembly where he called for an end…
Independent Maps Video Highlights President Obama and President Reagan in Bi-partisan Call for Mapmaking Reform
CHICAGO – The first web-based video by Independent Maps emphasizes the bi-partisan support for reform of the way legislative districts are drawn and uses video of remarks by two U.S. presidents…
INDEPENDENT MAPS URGES PRESIDENT OBAMA TO INCLUDE ILLINOIS IN HIS NATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR REDISTRICTING REFORM
CHICAGO – The non-partisan coalition for Illinois legislative maps to be drawn by an independent commission applauded President Obama's support of redistricting reform across the nation, and…
Independent Maps Names Campaign Consultant and Campaign Manager
CHICAGO – In preparation for a 2016 ballot referendum on Illinois legislative redistricting reform, the Independent Maps coalition on Thursday announced the addition of Hilltop Public Solutions…
MORE THAN 400,000 ILLINOISANS HAVE SIGNED PETITIONS TO TAKE POLITICS OUT OF LEGISLATIVE REDISTRICTING
CHICAGO – More than 400,000 Illinoisans have signed petitions to put the Independent Map Amendment on the November 2016 ballot. These petition signers want to give voters a choice between an…
INDEPENDENT MAPS HALFWAY TO GOAL OF 600,000 PETITION SIGNATURES FOR REDISTRICTING REFORM AMENDMENT
The non-partisan Independent Maps coalition announced it is more than halfway to its goal of collecting 600,000 petition signatures for a state constitutional amendment to create a non-partisan…
Illinois Farm Bureau to Support Independent Map Amendment
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) today announced its support of the Independent Map Amendment coalition, a group seeking an Illinois constitutional amendment to change the way…
MORE THAN 210,000 SIGNATURES COLLECTED ON PETITIONS FOR INDEPENDENT MAP AMENDMENT
CHICAGO – More than 210,000 Illinoisans have signed petitions to give voters an opportunity to make the Independent Map Amendment part of the Illinois Constitution and take partisan politics…

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