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ABC 20: Minority groups call redistricting ‘a farce’ and ‘game of charades’

In a statement, the executive director Jay Young said, “Since the beginning, we’ve pleaded with lawmakers to keep the redistricting process open, transparent, and accessible to no avail. This latest, last-minute hearing provides almost no notice to the public. The new maps have been released less than a day before lawmakers vote on them. It’s shameful, and our organization refuses to add any legitimacy to such an undemocratic process.”

WBEZ Chicago: Illinois Lawmakers Are Meeting To Redraw District Maps. Some Groups Want More Transparency.

“We are once again witnessing a process that’s unlikely to see much in terms of true community engagement,” Jay Young, executive director of Common Cause Illinois, skeptically told lawmakers at a public hearing last week.

Chicago Sun-Times: Madigan is gone, but Illinois lawmakers are still reluctant to embrace ethics reforms

All of the major do-gooder groups — the Better Government Association, Reform for Illinois, CHANGE Illinois and Common Cause — panned the legislation as inadequate.

WTTW: Springfield’s Last-Minute Session Shuffle

“I’ve been trying to stress throughout this process that Illinois should be a beacon in this process. We’re a national leader in voting rights,” said Jay Young of Common Cause Illinois.

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