Census Bureau Won’t Have Numbers Until After State Deadlines

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers are required to draw new legislative and congressional district maps this year, but that process may be thrown into chaos because of delays in producing the census numbers needed to draw equal districts. The U.S. Census Bureau announced Friday that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other delays, it will not be able […]

Republican State Lawmakers Call for Citizen-Led Referendums and Recalls

SPRINGFIELD – Republican state lawmakers — who are in the super-minority in the state legislature —introduced a package of election-focused bills aimed at making it easier for citizens to be involved in revising the state’s constitution, repealing legislation, and removing public officials from office. In a combined press conference Wednesday, GOP leaders in the Illinois House […]

GOP Lawmakers Introduce ‘Fair Maps’ Legislation

Rotunda of Illinois State Capitol

SPRINGFIELD – Republicans in the Illinois House said Tuesday that they hope to use legislation, instead of a constitutional amendment, to change the way state legislative and congressional district lines are redrawn every 10 years. The so-called “fair maps” proposal would authorize the General Assembly to set up an independent, nonpartisan commission to redraw the […]