Following a recent Supreme Court decision to throw out a proposed referendum to change the way legislative district boundaries are drawn, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (Lemont) is calling for the General Assembly to act.
Though nearly 600,000 Illinoisans signed a petition to put a Fair Map Amendment on the ballot so that people—not politicians—draw legislative district maps, the Illinois Supreme Court threw out the Amendment this week.
“The Illinois Constitution is meant to prevent tyranny, not to enshrine it,” wrote Justice Robert Thomas in the dissenting opinion. Justice Thomas noted that “the drafters of the 1970 Constitution foresaw just this problem and fashioned a clear and specific mechanism to insure that the legislature could never have the upper hand on the people of Illinois….I would honor that obligation and permit the ballot initiative proposed here to go forward.” Thomas stressed that “Today a muzzle has been placed on the people of this state.”
In response to the Supreme Court’s decision, Senate Republicans are exploring other options to give the public a voice democratic process.