Sen. Weaver demanding new Constitutional Amendment for independent map drawing
In response to the Supreme Court ruling that the political map drawing process is not an issue for the courts to decide, Illinois Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) reiterated the call to pass a state Constitutional Amendment that will allow voters to decide who will hold the power to draw legislative boundary maps for state districts.
Many have already announced their support for the bipartisan Senate Joint Resolution-Constitutional Amendment 4. This petition allows community members to amend the Illinois Constitution and play an active involvement in developing a new, non-partisan system to independently draw legislative boundary maps. The petition currently has 37 sponsors – enough signatures to pass the overall measure.
If approved, SJRCA4 will give the general public power to vote for fair maps on the ballot during the next statewide election. This would also help establish a new independent redistricting commission, increase the amount of transparency in the process and give more freedom for residents to provide their own personal input during public hearings.