A group that’s trying to change how Illinois’ legislative boundaries are drawn is continuing its legal fight to put the proposal on November’s ballot.

Dennis FitzSimons leads the group called Independent Maps.

The state Supreme Court recently ruled their redistricting proposal unconstitutional - knocking it off the November ballot.

Now, FitzSimons says he’s trying a long shot of a legal maneuver - asking the Supreme Court to officially reconsider its decision.

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he has a plan for redistricting reform that will pass Illinois Supreme Court muster. 


The Democrat unveiled his plan Tuesday in Chicago, saying he thinks the state's high court should appoint a Fair Redistricting Commission every ten years after the U.S. Census. Quinn says that commission should redistrict the state's legislative and representative districts.

According to Quinn's plans, no more than six members should be from the same political party. At least seven members must approve the redistricting plan.

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Governor Bruce Rauner made an unscheduled stop in Moline to talk to voters about redistricting.

He characterized last week's Illinois Supreme Court ruling, which found a proposal to put redistricting in the hands of an independent commission unconstitutional, as a tragedy.  

Rauner also called on local state legislators to put the question on the November ballot.

"Now that the court says the voter referendum can't go, you in the general assembly need to put it on the ballot so we, voters, can exercise our democratic right and vote on this issue," he said.  

Illinois Supreme Court

The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to quickly consider a case challenging the constitutionality of a ballot measure that could change the way Illinois draws political boundaries.

The court granted an emergency motion for direct appeal Friday, two days after a Cook County judge ruled the proposal didn't meet narrow constitutional requirements.

A group called the Independent Map Amendment sought an expedited appeal because of an Aug. 26 deadline to get on November's ballot.

The so-called Independent Maps proposal would have asked voters to change the state constitution — so instead of legislators drawing House and Senate districts, that work would be done by an special commission.

Illinois has strict limits on changing the constitution by referendum, and a Cook County judge ruled that the remap proposal did not meet the requirements.

Independent Maps spokesman Jim Bray says the group will appeal.