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Senator Melinda BushCHICAGO - State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) and a bipartisan group of advocates and legislators unveiled plans for a Fair Maps Amendment at a press conference Thursday. The Fair Maps Amendment is a comprehensive reform of Illinois’ redistricting rules ahead of the 2020 Census.

“Gerrymandering is ruining our democracy,” Bush said. “Manipulating a district to benefit one party reduces the number of competitive districts and makes it harder for voters to hold their legislators accountable.”

Gerrymandering is the practice of drawing political or electoral districts with the purpose of giving one political group an advantage over another. Traditional requirements for drawing legislative districts state that districts must be contiguous, compact and equally populated, but these rules are sometimes not enough to prevent partisan-motivated districting.

The Fair Maps Amendment is designed to end gerrymandering in Illinois by ensuring that future maps are drawn fairly.

“I am calling on all states, especially our neighbors Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, and Missouri to join Illinois in the fight. Unless we join together, gerrymandering will continue to erode our democratic process,” said Bush. “This is just the first step toward comprehensive redistricting reform.”

Also present were State Senators Dan McConchie (R-Lake Zurich) and John Curran (R-Woodridge), who stood with Bush to support the Fair Maps Amendment.

“The first step to rooting out corruption in Springfield is to have voters choose their legislators, not the other way around,” said McConchie. “Redistricting reform is supported by a majority of legislators on both sides of the aisle. Passing this proposal would send a clear message to our constituents that the current political climate in Springfield is no longer acceptable.”

“I am very pleased that legislators from both sides of the aisle are joining together to support the Fair Maps Amendment,” said Curran. “It’s time for Illinois to stop allowing legislators to draw their own districts and choose their own voters. With this amendment, the power will shift to allow voters to choose their elected officials in Springfield.”

Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 18 was filed in the Senate today.

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