Senate Republicans are disappointed in a recent United State Supreme Court ruling on political gerrymandering but continue to call on the Illinois Legislature to pass a measure (SJRCA 4) that would give the people of Illinois the opportunity to amend the Illinois Constitution and create a new, non-partisan system for drawing maps.
On Thursday, June 27, the U.S. Supreme court ruled that courts have no role in deciding whether legislative and congressional maps are drawn for the benefit of a certain political party. Senate Republicans say this decision further underscores the need for the Illinois General Assembly to approve of a constitutional amendment to allow for fair maps in Illinois.
Illinois’ current system of drawing districts gives the party in power ultimate authority to redraw maps to their benefit. Reforming the way maps are drawn has bipartisan support in Illinois, which is why Senate Republicans are urging the Governor to follow through with his pledge to support fair maps, taking the power away from politicians and putting it in the hands of the people.
You can voice your support for fair maps by signing my petition here.