Thank you for supporting Independent Maps

Since we suspended our redistricting campaign at the end of June, the response from supporters like you has been very positive. We have been heartened to hear from so many eager to try again and determined to make this reform a reality. This won’t be the last time Illinoisans band together to remove politics from redistricting and to put voters back in charge.

Although we’re winding down official operations of the YES ballot committee, we hope you will stay involved by working with our coalition partners to inform others of the importance of independent redistricting. Having broad bi-partisan support, over 5,000 volunteers, 1,000 donors, and statewide editorial endorsements, we must keep the issue front and center before Illinoisans.

We thank you for helping initiate one of the largest, most diverse reform efforts in Illinois history. When independent redistricting comes to Illinois – and it must – that success will have been built on the important efforts put forth during this campaign.

Sincerely,
Deborah Harrington
Chairman
YES for Independent Maps
   -August 2014

 

Yes for Independent Maps announced the end of its petition campaign on June 27. Read our statement below:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Yes for Independent Maps Withdraws Redistricting Petitions

CHICAGO – Yes for Independent Maps on Friday, June 26, withdrew its petitions seeking a referendum on a constitutional amendment to remove politics from the process of drawing legislative district boundary lines.

Deborah Harrington, Chair of Yes for Independent Maps, issued the following statement after Cook County Circuit Court Judge Mary Mikva’s ruling prohibiting the State Board of Elections from taking any further actions on the petitions:

In her ruling, Judge Mikva held that the redistricting initiative as written does not fall within the scope of a ballot initiative permitted by Section 3, Article XIV of the Constitution. The good news is that Judge Mikva concluded that “redistricting appears to be fair game for amendment” by a ballot initiative process and specifically upheld many of the components of the redistricting initiative.

We have concluded that we are not going to proceed in this election cycle. Instead, we will put the lessons learned in this campaign and from the judge’s ruling to good use. This experience will make us better prepared to win the next campaign to give voters an opportunity to have a voice in the redistricting process.

We built an unprecedented bipartisan statewide coalition of more than 5,000 volunteers and 1,000 contributors, including groups as broad-based as AARP Illinois, the League of Women Voters of Illinois, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and grassroots organizations representing diverse and minority communities. Together, we will continue the fight to reform an issue that once mattered only to politicians but now is on the minds of Illinois citizens.

The reform would not have taken effect until after the 2020 Census. We still have at least two more statewide elections – in 2016 and 2018 – to bring a redistricting amendment before voters and an opportunity to revise the language to address Judge Mikva’s objections.

Redistricting reform elsewhere in America has been just as difficult. For example, California’s recent reform required three attempts before it became reality. We remain committed to changing the status quo and enacting a redistricting process that will give Illinoisans a stronger voice in how their state is governed.