MORRIS – State Senate Republican Deputy Leader Sue Rezin is co-sponsoring the People’s Independent Maps Act, which gives an independent commission the power to create Illinois legislative redistricting maps. Senate Bill 1325, uses identical language from the bipartisan SJRCA 0004, which was a constitutional amendment for an independent redistricting commission. The act gives the Supreme Court the power to appoint sixteen independent, citizen commissioners to the Independent Redistricting Commission within 30 days of becoming law. The resolution garnered 37 co-sponsors in the Senate, including 18 Democrats. The makeup of the Commission would be required to reflect the ethnic, gender and racial demographics of the state. They would also be required to hold at least 10 public hearings throughout the state before adopting a plan, with at least 4 hearings after a map is proposed.
“The People’s Independent Maps Act ensures that the residents of Illinois are the ones who pick their lawmakers, instead of the current system where politicians decide their constituency,” said Sen. Rezin. “For years, Illinoisans on both sides of the political spectrum have called for the use of an independent commission that truly represents their interests, instead of the partisan politics that are currently used.”