Illinois Supreme Court again rejects redistricting reform for ballot

September 13, 2016

By Dan Petrel – Springfield Bureau Chief
Heard & Review

Supporters of a proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution that would’ve created an independent commission to redraw legislative districts once a decade are figuring out their path forward after the state Supreme Court dealt their plan a final, fatal blow. In a 4-3 party-line decision Monday, the high court denied a request for rehearing from the group Independent Maps, definitively blocking a redistricting referendum from the Nov. 8 ballot. As they did late last month in ruling the proposed amendment unconstitutional, the four justices elected as Democrats joined together to deny the rehearing, while the three elected as Republicans dissented.