Group works to change how legislative maps are drawn

By WEEK Producer

October 17, 2013 Updated Oct 17, 2013 at 10:39 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A new vision for Illinois, that is what one political group is hoping to deliver by changing how legislative maps are drawn.

On Thursday, Yes! For Independent Map's visited the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce to gain support in their campaign.
    
Right now state legislators have the power to draw and redraw district lines as they choose.
    
Organizers of the campaign say that is the problem and what the state needs is an independent commission to do the job instead.

"They create maps that reward and punish political friends and foes. Plain and simple. There is very little regard for the voters. All we're asking is to put voters back in charge of this process," said Michael Kolenc, campaign manager for Yes! For Independent Maps.

The group is working to get an amendment , creating an independent redistricting commission, on the November 2014 ballot.
    
To do so, they need 300,000 signatures by May 4th.

To sign their petition log onto independentmaps.org.

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