A judge in Chicago has tossed out a proposed question on a state-wide ballot about the legislative map-making process in Illinois. Cook County Judge Diane Larsen ruled the voter referendum is unconstitutional, but supporters plan an appeal with the Illinois Supreme Court.
The group Independent Map Amendment proposed an 11-member commission to run the process of deciding the legislative boundaries in the state rather than have the process controlled by political party leaders. The Illinois Board of Elections determined the group had secured enough valid signatures to place the question on the ballot, but the judge disagreed. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner issued a statement saying the ruling went against the wishes of Illinois voters and said Illinois lawmakers could have placed the issue on the ballot, but instead chose to play politics. We'll have more reaction on this story coming up later today and tomorrow morning, on The Big Z.