“Rep. [Mike] Smiddy says he plans to introduce a [Fair Map] bill in the fall veto-session that would ask lawmakers to approve putting a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot for 2016, the next statewide election after this year.”
Well good luck with that since no matter who the next governor is, the legislature will be controlled by Democrats—they drew the maps to insure it.
But more interesting to me was the reax from the QC Dems.
Sen. Mike “Fists O’ Fury” Jacobs:
“…didn’t believe creating an independent panel to oversee redistricting…would change the perception that the system is rigged…He said the reality was that Illinois simply has many more Democrats than Republicans and that has more to do with why districts favor Democrats than the way boundaries more [sic]…Sen. Jacobs also said that working on a complicated redistricting proposal was not the best use of time for lawmakers who should be focused on the economy.”
If Jacobs really believes his own twaddle, then he is truly an out of touch dimwit.
When have Illinois Democrats “focused on the economy” except to reward their special interests? Never! Their focus was on social wedge issues like gay marriage.
And the Fair Map issue isn’t about Dem vs. GOP, it’s about competition within the districts, which never happens when “safe” districts are created for both Dems and GOP. It’s about choice Mike—something I thought you Dems believed in.
Saving the best for last, here is Rep. Pat Verschoore:
“Asked if the way political maps are drawn in Illinois now is fair, Rep. Verschoore said he had no comment.”