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Springfield Fri Nov 29 2013

Nonpartisan Campaign Gains Momentum for Reforming Illinois Redistricting

Yes for Independent MapsAfter launching its campaign in July, the nonpartisan campaign Yes for Independent Maps has been gaining momentum to get an initiative for reforming the redistricting process in Illinois on the ballot next November.

Among the supporters Yes to Independent Maps has gained are State Senator Heather Steans, Chicago Board of Education chair David Vitale, David Axelrod and former Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias.

"We welcome any elected official that talks about reform and wants reform in Springfield," said Michael Kolenc, campaign manager for Yes to Independent Maps.

Kolenc said the petition has been easy to get signatures for.

"We have had volunteers tell [our 23 regional teams] time and time again this is the easiest petition they have had people sign," he said.

The campaign is collecting signatures until May 4, 2014 and Kolenc said Yes to Independent Maps is currently focusing all of its energy on collecting signatures for the petition. All thought about the summer and fall campaigns will be done in the next year, Kolenc said.

"We're working on focusing on building a strong political coalition and collecting the signatures," he said.

 
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