League backs Fair Maps
The League of Women Voters, along with a diverse group of other organizations, supports the Fair Maps Amendment which would create an independent mapmaking commission for Illinois.
Under the Illinois Constitution, the state legislature is in charge of making decisions about how congressional and state legislative district maps are drawn. Consequently, the party in power has control over drawing those maps. This has led to gerrymandered maps which divide communities and create distorted geographic lines.
Additionally, the current map process has led to a decrease in competitive elections with people choosing not to run in a district already decided by party.
We need our Illinois legislators to support a ballot referendum for an independent mapmaking commission. Illinois citizens deserve elections that fairly represent them. Please call your state legislators and ask them to support the Fair Maps Amendment.
Jackie McGrath, Ann Kennedy
League of Women Voters of the Palatine Area