CHICAGO - A reform group called "Yes! for Independent Maps" has proposed creating a bipartisan commission to draw districts, which would take the power away from politicians. The campaign needs to collect roughly 300,000 signatures before May 4, but organizers say they hope to get more.
Every decade, Illinois redraws political maps based on population. However, questions have been raised about gerrymandering used to protect incumbents.
Democrats led the remap in 2011 because they control both chambers and the governor's office. Republicans sued and federal judges characterized the remap as a "blatant political move."