McCombie and Chesney Sign Onto Fair Maps Legislation
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
State Representative Tony McCombie (IL-71st) and Andrew Chesney (IL-89th) have both announced that they are joining 42 of their House Republican colleagues by co-sponsoring HJRCA 10. Implementation of this constitutional amendment will take the shady redistricting process out of the control of corrupt politicians.
Rep. Chesney said, “For far too long, Illinois politicians have picked their voters instead of the voters picking their politicians,” said Rep. Chesney. “It is a fixed system benefiting whoever is in power instead of benefiting voters. It’s wrong when Republicans do it in other states and it’s wrong when Democrats do it in Illinois.”
Rep. McCombie stated that, “The time of politicians picking their constituents must come to an end. Communities are being divided under the current mapping process. Voters are being manipulated, and their voices are not fairly heard. “I look forward to working with the newly elected Governor and my colleagues in the legislature to pass this Constitutional Amendment. Governor Pritzker has stated more than once, that he supports an independent commission. I plan to hold him to his promise to veto any map that is gerrymandered along partisan lines.”
House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 10 would establish an independent commission, comprised of 11 members, charged with proposing a legislative map. The Amendment is modeled after the independent map citizens-led initiatives. The commission would be required to hold public hearings both before and after releasing a proposed district boundary plan.
The map would need to receive the affirmative vote of at least seven commissioners, including two from each political party whose candidate for Governor received the most and second-most votes and two commissioners not affiliated with each such political party.
The Constitutional Amendment provides a provision allowing the Supreme Court to intervene if the commission fails to adopt a new map by June 30th of the year following the decennial census.
In a tweet on January 10th, Governor Pritzker said, “I 100% oppose gerrymandering. Legislative districts should adhere to both the Federal and Illinois Voting Rights Acts, and I support redistricting reform that advances fairness and removes politics from the process. #FairMapsIL,”.
A November 9, 2018 Chicago Tribune article wrote, “In discussing his support for fair maps earlier this year, Pritzker stated, ‘We should amend the (Illinois) constitution to create an independent commission to draw legislative maps.’ And there is no reason to doubt his support of reform as genuine. Pritzker gave $50,000 to the 2014 fair maps initiative, throwing his support behind such an initiative long before he ran for governor.”