The ongoing push to change the way Illinois conducts its legislative mapping process is getting closer to making its way to the ballot box.
The Independent Maps Coalition now reportedly has two-thirds of the 600,000 petition signatures needed to get the effort up for a vote. If the referendum gets on the ballot, it would ask voters whether they would like to see legislative districts mapped by a special commission. Currently, districts are remapped every 10 years by incumbent legislators.
Officials with Independent Maps argue that the current process "discourage[s] competition and protect[s] incumbents."