Doubek: Push Politicians on New Effort to End Illinois Gerrymandering

Illinois lawmakers could easily vote to give us a chance to end corrupt gerrymandering, but will they? And will we demand it?

Corruption is cemented in Illinois when politicians draw political maps to protect their incumbents and their party’s chances of winning the most seats in an election.

Republicans did it in Illinois after the 1990 census and Democrats have been doing it ever since because they’ve won control of the mapmaking process.

Maps drawn by political leaders result in far fewer competitive and contested races, something you might notice when you cast your Primary Election ballot. In essence, your choices are being taken from you.

For years, hundreds of thousands of Illinois voters repeatedly have signed petitions to try to get a chance to weigh in on a more independent attempt at drawing political boundaries. And for years, House Speaker Michael Madigan’s lawyers have blocked every effort in court and won.

But there is another way to get redistricting reform before the voters.

Read the rest at the Chicago Sun-Times.

About the Author

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.