State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) joined a flock of Senate Republicans on Wednesday in asking “the people of Illinois to speak up and help put a fair maps amendment on the ballot for the next election, giving people the power to pick their legislators instead of letting lawmakers pick their voters.”

“Instead of drawing districts behind locked doors, we must give voters a chance to create a system that increases transparency – and takes politicians out of the process,” Rezin said.

Every 10 years, following the decennial U.S. Census, Illinois’ Congressional and General Assembly maps are redrawn.

“Illinois currently has a winner-take-all system for the redistricting process, where the politicians who are in control right now have the power to draw the maps for the next 10 years. This gives them the ability to shift district lines to create an advantage for the members of their party — or ‘gerrymandering.’ This system is what creates strangely-shaped districts and uncompetitive elections,” the Illinois Republicans say.

Senate Joint Resolution-Constitutional Amendment 4, sponsored by lawmakers from both parties, would give voters the opportunity to amend the state constitution to create a new, non-partisan system for drawing maps. It would establish an independent redistricting commission, increase transparency in the process and provide for public hearings to allow Illinois residents to weigh in.

SJR-CA 4 would place the question of fair maps on the ballot for the next statewide election.

Residents of the 38th Senate District, which includes La Salle, Bureau and Putnam counties, can voice support for fairer maps in Illinois by visiting www.SenatorRezin.com and signing a petition.

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