Watch: 550,000 sign petition for new legislative mapping authority

  • Boxes are stacked at the Illinois State Board of Election office that will hold signature petitions delivered Friday by proponents of creating an independent group to draw legislative maps.

    Boxes are stacked at the Illinois State Board of Election office that will hold signature petitions delivered Friday by proponents of creating an independent group to draw legislative maps. Associated Press

 
Associated Press
Updated 5/6/2016 6:24 PM

A group that wants an independent commission to draw state legislative districts in Illinois turned in boxes of petition signatures Friday to ask voters to approve the change this November.

Leaders of the Independent Map coalition delivered more than 550,000 signatures to the Illinois State Board of Elections. The minimum number needed is 290,216, but the signatures still need to be verified.

 

The once-a-decade mapping process is controlled by the political party in power.

Independent Map supporters say elections would be more competitive if the process was out of lawmakers' hands. But opponents succeeded in blocking a past effort in court.

A separate legislative proposal to create an independent commission was unsuccessful this year. The plan by state Rep. Jack Franks was approved in the House but failed in the Senate.

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