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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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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…
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…
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…
Re-districting needed
Why don’t we have more choice of candidates in Illinois elections? Primarily because the party in control can stack the deck in their favor by manipulating voting districts.
Support voters, support Independent Map Amendment
These are the same old tired political insiders that think that the status quo in Illinois is OK because it benefits them. Well, it’s not OK.
Fair maps can help break down machine
Illinois government needs serious repair.
Independent map needed
The push to put the Independent Map Amendment on the ballot for the upcoming election has been actively moving ahead.
Allow map question on Nov. ballot
Our Illinois government is broken when career politicians from either party can rig elections by drawing legislative maps to benefit themselves.

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