It’s a no-go for the citizen-led initiative to have an independent commission, not politicians, draw the state’s legislative districts, but state lawmakers can still make the change. In a split vote back in August, the Illinois Supreme Court deemed the Independent Map Amendment unconstitutional. The high court doubled down against the amendment Monday by denying a request for a rehearing.
The coalition behind the initiative said the change is neededbecause of a lack of competition in elections to the statehouse. Gov. Bruce Rauner said it’s now on lawmakers to approve an independent commission, but coalition spokesman Jim Bray said don’t count on that.
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Bray said there’s another chance to have a citizen-led initiative with an aim to get on the 2018 statewide ballot, but the court provided little guidance on what kind of changes a constitutional citizen-led amendment could provide.