Willis: We Need Redistricting Reform Now
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – This week, state Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, announced support for a measure in the General Assembly that would reform the way legislative districts are drawn and remove partisan politics from the process.
“Illinois needs to change the way legislative boundaries are drawn to make if more fair for voters and to give them a greater voice while selecting their elected officials,” said Willis. “I believe this measure is a major first step in bringing some much needed reform to the process.
The proposal, if passed by a three-fifth’s majority of the House and Senate, would appear on the November ballot for voters to decide. If approved by voters, when the redistricting process begins after the next census, the chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court and the most senior justice of the opposite political party would appoint an eight-member Independent Redistricting Commission. If the commission were unable to agree to a map by the deadline, the justices would appoint a ninth member. The commission would be required to hold at least 15 public hearings throughout the state before adopting a map and to issue a report explaining how its approved map meets the requirements of the U.S. and Illinois constitutions.
“We need to remove politicians from the equation when it comes to redistricting,” said Willis. “This plan is a common sense approach that will help to protect communities and increase the power of voters.”
Willis is serving her second term in the Illinois General Assembly as State Representative of the 77th District, which includes O’Hare Airport and portions of Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, and Wood Dale.