Jack Franks Trying to Take Lawmakers Out of District Mapping Process

Mike Riopell on April 18th, 2016:

Tdailyheraldlogohe proposal from state Rep. Jack Franks, a Marengo Democrat, is asking lawmakers to take themselves out of the process that draws the borders of the districts from which they’re elected.

Instead of lawmakers and a governor redrawing the map after every census, the Illinois Supreme Court would appoint a bipartisan panel to do it.

“There’s no involvement from the General Assembly and the governor,” Franks said.

The idea could have serious consequences in Illinois. Democrats controlled the state House, Senate and governor’s office after the 2010 census and used that power to draw a map on their own. The party has enjoyed large majorities at the Capitol since.

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