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Incumbent Protection no more

Our coalition aims to fix the broken process by putting an amendment on the November 2014 ballot. Our proposed constitutional amendment would take redistricting out of the hands of politicians and give the power back to the people.

77% of Illinois voters believe corruption in Illinois government is widespread, according to a 2012 Simon Poll.  They’re right: A recent University of Illinois study ranked Illinois the third most corrupt state. Voter cynicism is widespread. According to the National Conference on Citizenship, only 15% of Illinoisans believe state government does the right thing most of time. Yet we can’t hold politicians accountable because they have taken over the redistricting process.

Political leaders own redistricting—the process of drawing legislative maps. Behind closed doors, they rig the district boundaries to control who will be elected, leaving voters without a voice. These same politicians choose their voters, instead of the people deciding who will represent them. Legislators have little reason to listen to the needs of Illinois residents, because there’s no way for voters to hold them accountable.  Last year, Illinois House incumbents won 97% of their general election races; two-thirds of them did not even face a challenger. 

Our coalition aims to fix the broken process by putting an amendment on the November 2014 ballot. Our proposed constitutional amendment would take redistricting out of the hands of politicians and give the power back to the people. This amendment brings independence to a broken, unfair, and secret process that gives politicians too much control.  We need to put the voters back in charge and our proposed system is transparent, nonpartisan and independent from the legislature.

Right now we are working to collect the signatures necessary to place the initiative on the November 2014 ballot. Petitioning will continue through April 2014, and then Illinoisans will be able to vote for real change in state government on Nov. 4, 2014.  

Do you want to get involved?  Please reach out to us from our website
http://independentmaps.org/
Tony Pedretti January 04, 2014 at 06:13 PM
I am a Downers Grove home owner, resident and volunteer for the Yes for Independent Maps campaign. I can answer any questions about our solution or how you can help. Call me anytime at 312.834.3069 - or - email indymapsdg@gmail.com
Tony Pedretti January 04, 2014 at 06:13 PM
You can also reach out to us from our website independentmaps.org Click on The Campaign at the top of the page for more information.
Vicky Polito January 04, 2014 at 07:15 PM
Thanks, Mr. Pedretti. I believe that political lobbys and their money in politics coupled with gerrymandering are very much destroying free and open democracy for everyone. I've always said regarding redistricting/gerrymandering: DROP A GRID. Yes, there can be some sensible and fair math applied to the grid design, but drop a hard-line grid and that's it. No squiggles and wiggly lines and constant carving up of the body politic.
Vicky Polito January 04, 2014 at 07:17 PM
Very cute puppy pic, too.
John Tips January 06, 2014 at 02:00 PM
Where do we sign?
Tony Pedretti January 07, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Thank you for your comments. We look forward to talking to any willing and able to assist. I am available in the Downers Grove area many evenings and weekends. There are also volunteers in various towns and villages throughout the state. Contact me via phone or preferrably email where you are throughout your day and I'll put you in contact with whomever is closest to you. 312.834.3069 - or - email indymapsdg@gmail.com
Tony Pedretti January 07, 2014 at 12:05 PM
Volunteers will have petition sheets available for you to sign. It is just a matter of finding a spot and scheduling a time to meet.

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