A lawsuit has been filed in Cook County court against a ballot initiative aimed at changing the way state legislative maps are drawn in Illinois.
The suit was by an elections attorney who successfully blocked a similar attempt in 2014 and is connected to House Speaker Michael Madigan. The House leader's spokesman said the lawmaker had nothing to do with the lawsuit.
The lawsuit argues that the effort is unconstitutional, places new roles on the state Supreme Court and auditor general, and alleges that the questions on the ballot are unrelated. A leader with the Independent Maps Coalition, which is pushing the effort in hopes of getting an 11-person committee in place to draw up the state's legislative boundaries, said the suit was pulled together by "political insiders."