St. Rep. Tom Demmer is co-sponsoring a measure to change the Illinois Constitution to put redistricting in the hands of an independent commission. The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled against citizen initiatives to change the way it’s done, so it must come from the legislature. To show support to reluctant legislative leaders, Demmer is asking people to go to his web site to sign a petition for it.
Every ten years, after the national census, states redraw legislative boundaries. When lawmakers are in charge of it, they’re often criticized for drawing boundaries to help themselves win reelection more easily.