March 6, 2018
Bonnie Cox, LWVIL President
Hilary Denk and Heather Cunningham, LWVIL Issues Co-chairs
Paula Lawson and Jane Ballengee, Illinois Redistricting Issue Specialists
Please contact your Illinois State Representative and Senator to co-sponsor or support the
Fair Maps Amendment,
House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment) HJRCA 43
. It must be completed by the beginning of May.
This means we must complete obtaining multiple co-sponsors and a three-fifths YES vote to have the amendment on the ballot in November 2018. The results of a new redistricting process would then be used to draw the new maps following the 2020 census.
WHY IT MATTERS:
- Establishes an independent redistricting commission that must be demographically, politically, and geographically representative of our state to draw our Congressional and General Assembly maps.
- Removes politicians and sitting legislators from drawing their own districts.
- Adds sunlight and transparency by requiring the release of all communications made by the Commission as well as any data used to create and propose any and all maps Gives the public the opportunity to participate in the process by requiring at least 30 public hearings on the maps before a final vote is taken.