Re-districting proposal could increase transparency

By Audrey Wise

March 5, 2014 Updated Mar 5, 2014 at 11:52 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Re-districting happens once every ten years. As it is, the process is very partisan in Illinois.

The State integrity investigation names Illinois as 11th most corrupt state in the union. They also give the state a failing grade when it come to re-districting.

In an effort to change the state a group called Yes! For Independent Maps is trying to get a non-partisan and transparent system for re-drawing district maps.

Yes! For Independent Maps Campaign manager Michael Kolenc said, "If you're excited about education spending or pension reform or prison reform, this all starts with how you elect your legislators. Right now we have a system where legislators are picking voters and voters are not being able to chose their legislators."

The proposal would take re-districting out of lawmakers hands and give it to an independent commission.

To get this on the November ballot the group needs 300,000 signatures.

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon gave her support Wednesday. She said no matter your political affiliation or involvement this is something everyone can get involved with to improve the basic democratic process.

"I think it's important to know as much as possible that if you're in a community your next-door neighbor has the same state representative, the same state senator and that you can as a community deal with state government," said Lt. Gov. Simon.

To learn more, visit www.independentmaps.org or you can sign the petition every Saturday in March at Apple's Bakery from 10 until noon.