In 2013, Common Cause Illinois was a founding member of the nonpartisan coalition that worked to place an initiative to create an independent redistricting commission on the 2014 general election ballot.
We have learned several lessons from Common Cause California’s successful campaign to end gerrymandering in that state. We are bringing those lessons to the Illinois coalition.
Efforts to get redistricting on the ballot met opposition however, with the Illinois Supreme Court in late August 2016. In a 4-3 decision, redistricting was removed from the ballot, despite our efforts and support.
Since the initiative to redistrict was first created, much has changed in the state of Illinois as well, including the current budget crisis that continues to create obstacles. “While we stand firm that the budget – and the budget alone – must be our top priority, it is also our desire to work cooperatively with the governor,” said Speaker Madigan on May 8, 2017.
More support will be needed moving forward, but you can rest assured that Common Cause Illinois will continue its redistrciting efforts in 2017 and beyond.