The supporters of fair electoral districts in Illinois were dealt a final blow on Thursday as the Illinois Supreme Court blocked the Independent Map Amendment from the November ballot. The court ruled 4-3 against the amendment citing a very narrow reading of the Illinois Constitution.
Supporters of the Amendment expressed frustration. Tom Elliot, Press Secretary for Independent Map Amendment, said in a statement "[d]rafters of the Illinois Constitution would not recognize the interpretation made by the Supreme Court majority. According to the majority, voters cannot propose sensible changes to the legislative article that would make a meaningful difference in the way legislative district boundaries are drawn."
Governor Rauner also expressed displeasure with the outcome. However, he pivoted to a potential solution through the General Assembly, stating "they should put political reform - term limits and independent redistricting - at the top of the legislative agenda so that incumbents aren't locked into power and democracy is restored through competitive general elections."
The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce is also discouraged by this decision, but acknowledges that this is not the end of the push for independent maps by voter referendum. Though, it will not be on the ballot in November 2016.
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