Doubek: Let's Grab Our New Chance to Fight for Fair Political Maps

Five states have voted for independent mapping commissions this year to end political rigging. Why not fight for Illinois to join them?

There’s been a lot of attention nationwide about whether our elections would be fair and accessible to everyone qualified to vote.

In Illinois, elections, retirements and other developments mean we’ll have a new governor and at least 40 fairly new lawmakers taking office in January. What can they and their veteran colleagues do to ensure we have fairer elections?

One of the singularly significant things they could do would be to follow the lead of some other states and vote to give Illinoisans a chance to approve the creation of an independent redistricting commission.

Read the rest of Madeleine Doubek's column in the Chicago Sun-Times.

 

 
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Madeleine Doubek

Madeleine Doubek is an award-winning journalist who spent 32 years covering local and state government and politics. She previously served as publisher of Reboot Illinois. She has won several regional and national journalism awards during her career.