Redistricting overhaul clears Illinois House
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A plan to change how legislative districts are drawn in Illinois has cleared the state House.
Lawmakers currently draw district maps. But the measure that passed the House on a 105-7 vote Tuesday would give the job to an independent eight-member panel appointed by two state Supreme Court justices who would represent each party. If the group gridlocks, the proposal would have justices appoint a tie-breaking ninth member.
The Senate will now consider the measure. If it passes that chamber, voters would be asked in November to approve the changes.