State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, joined her Senate Republican colleagues in Springfield to ask Illinois residents to push for a fair maps amendment on the next ballot.
She argued it would give voters the power to pick their legislators instead of letting legislators pick their voters, according to a news release.
“Instead of drawing districts behind locked doors, we must give voters a chance to create a system that increases transparency – and takes politicians out of the process,” Rezin said.
State legislatures are responsible for redrawing congressional and state legislative districts every 10 years with a new U.S. Census. Illinois has a “winner-take-all system” for redistricting, according to the release, in which the politicians from the majority party are in control of drawing the map each decade.
Rezin voiced her support for Senate Joint Resolution-Constitutional Amendment 4, sponsored by lawmakers from both parties, that would give voters the opportunity to amend the state constitution to create a nonpartisan system for drawing maps. The amendment would put the question to the voters on the ballot for the next statewide election.
She said “entrenched political leaders” haven’t allowed similar bills to advance.
Former Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner supported independently-drawn maps as the Democrats have controlled the process for years with majorities in the General Assembly.