The cycle goes this way: Census. Redistricting. Complaining about redistricting. State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo) is proposing a change to the politically-driven process of redrawing the maps, a process which, Franks says, protects the incumbents. “The dismal turnout in our elections, is, I think, a direct result where people think their voices don’t really matter,” Franks says.
Members of the State Board of Elections would propose the boundaries for the Illinois General Assembly districts and for the U.S. House of Representatives districts. The legislature, Franks says, would give it an up-or-down vote.
A Temporary Redistricting Advisory Commission (TRAC) of nominees from the four legislative leaders, and a fifth person decided by a vote of those four nominees, would give non-binding advice to the elections board. Franks says the TRAC would be devoid of elected officials.