Ex. Illinois Gov. Quinn Unveils Redistricting Reform Plan
CHICAGO (AP) — Former Gov. Pat Quinn is pitching a redistricting plan he says will meet constitutional muster because it's simpler than previous plans.
The Democrat says an 11-member commission appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court should draw political boundaries. He says there should be no more than six members from a political party and at least seven must sign off.
He presented the plan Tuesday, days after the high court rejected a petition-driven ballot measure that would've also given allowed a commission to draw legislative boundaries instead of elected officials. The Independent Maps' coalition proposed a redistricting system including the auditor general.
A divided court said their plan went beyond the scope of what's constitutionally allowed. However, justices didn't rule out redistricting for future ballots.
Quinn says he wants to work with Independent Maps for 2018.