CHICAGO - Friday, a State Board of Elections officer will hear arguments about the number and quality of petition signatures to get a redistricting referendum on the November ballot. Supporters say the process is already flawed, and that decisions are being made to favor those challenging the referendum, such as House Speaker Mike Madigan.
However, it's pretty clear the ultimate decision will be made in the courts - where the election board's decision will be challenged. That's why the election board decided to move along a decision one of their hearing officers made - because one side or another is sure to challenge the findings.
The group, which is hoping to take the redistricting process away from political personalities and place it into more politically neutral hands says they're confident they'll get on the ballot. Yes for Independent Maps' executive director says they're ready to prove they have the number of valid signatures needed.
"That evidence is sitting in a taped box right now, and we're not going to have a hearing until Friday," said Michael Kolenc, the group's leader.
It's the process and who's making the all-important decisions that really raise questions, Kolenc said.
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