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Illinois Wed Jul 10 2013

Nonpartisan Campaign Seeks to Reform Illinois Redistricting

Yes for Independent MapsA coalition of groups throughout the state has announced the creation of the campaign Yes for Independent Maps. Yes for Independent Maps seeks to reform the legislative redistricting process in Illinois through a ballot initiative.

Yes for Independent Maps will begin today with the collection of more than 298,000 signatures on a petition to have the initiative appear on the ballot for the 2014 general election. They will collect signatures up until May 4, 2014.

"We are excited to launch this campaign to fix Illinois' broken, behind-closed-doors redistricting process and put the voters back in charge," said Ryan Blitstein, Yes for Independent Maps' senior advisor in a press release. "Our coalition members have been working for more than two years to reach this point. With their help, and with support from a diverse group of volunteers and activists across the state, we will gather the necessary signatures to place this measure on the November 2014 ballot."

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Chicago, CHANGE Illinois!, Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Citizen Advocacy Center and Reboot Illinois are among the organizations making up the Yes for Independent Maps coalition.

 
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William Kettering / February 9, 2014 11:20 AM

Where do I sign the petition. Is there a form I can down load off the Internet and mail in the hard copy?

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