State Republicans in Illinois are working to wrench the power of redistricting away from the Democrat dominated state legislature and place it in the hands of an independent redistricting committee which would enjoy equal representation of all parties. Illinois Republican Senator Dave Syverson is spearheading the initiative through Senate bill 1325 “the People’s Independent Maps Act”. For Syverson it’s about working to restore public trust in the electoral system.
Sen. Syverson posted via Facebook,
“Under Illinois’ current system, politicians have the power to draw the district maps for the next ten years, manipulating the system to silence voters and keep majority-party politicians in power.
This proposal is our way of seeking to restore public trust in the system by putting an end to the absurd practice of politicians picking their voters.”
“Now is the time to put pen to paper and give the power back to Illinois voters.”