Illinois Supreme Court won’t reconsider redistricting ruling

Rauner addresses media 5-31-16

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court has denied a request to reconsider its ruling that a group’s initiative to change how legislative districts are drawn is ineligible for the November ballot.

The court issued the ruling Tuesday on a 4-3 vote.

The Independent Maps coalition had collected about $563,000 signatures to ask voters whether legislative mapmaking power should be in the hands of an independent commission instead of lawmakers. The court ruled last month that the group’s proposal was unconstitutional.

It’s the second failed attempt to overhaul redistricting by petition in two years.

Independent Maps Chair Dennis FitzSimons said in a statement that “Illinois voters have been denied their right to vote on a constitutional amendment to remove politics” from the map-making process.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner vowed to take the fight to the assembly floor as soon as possible.

“Today’s court decision is very disappointing, but not unexpected,” he said in a statement. “Now that the courts have denied Illinoisans the right to vote on a redistricting referendum in November for the last time, it is up to the General Assembly to address political reform – term limits and independent redistricting – as soon as they reconvene this fall.”