New political mapmaking push gains ground, concerns

For years, good-government advocates have pushed for a new way to draw Illinois House and Senate district boundaries to curb the influence of partisan politics in deciding who controls the General Assembly, only to fall short due to legal hurdles.

Now a new group funded by well-heeled backers is taking another run at the issue as it tries to learn from mistakes of the past by getting an earlier start and drafting a proposal it believes can withstand an inevitable court challenge. The Independent Map Amendment effort says it's well on its way to getting enough signatures to put the measure on next year's ballot, aided by voter frustration over the stalemate at the Statehouse.

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