Why Illinois’ Supreme Court Ruled The Redistricting Amendment Unconstitutional

In this April 28, 2015 file photo, former Tribune Company CEO Dennis FitzSimons who is part of the group, Independent Map Amendment speaks at a news conference in Chicago. The group has proposed a voter referendum aimed at changing the way Illinois draws its political boundaries, which a judge ruled Wednesday July 20, 2016 is unconstitutional for the November ballot.
Former Tribune Company CEO Dennis FitzSimons who is part of the group, Independent Map Amendment speaks at a news conference in Chicago. The group has proposed a voter referendum aimed at changing the way Illinois draws its political boundaries, which a judge ruled Wednesday July 20, 2016 is unconstitutional for the November ballot. Sophia Tareen, File / AP Photo
In this April 28, 2015 file photo, former Tribune Company CEO Dennis FitzSimons who is part of the group, Independent Map Amendment speaks at a news conference in Chicago. The group has proposed a voter referendum aimed at changing the way Illinois draws its political boundaries, which a judge ruled Wednesday July 20, 2016 is unconstitutional for the November ballot.
Former Tribune Company CEO Dennis FitzSimons who is part of the group, Independent Map Amendment speaks at a news conference in Chicago. The group has proposed a voter referendum aimed at changing the way Illinois draws its political boundaries, which a judge ruled Wednesday July 20, 2016 is unconstitutional for the November ballot. Sophia Tareen, File / AP Photo

Why Illinois’ Supreme Court Ruled The Redistricting Amendment Unconstitutional

By affirming a lower court opinion on Thursday, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled against a proposed constitutional amendment that would have allowed an independent, nonpartisan commission to redraw the state’s legislative districts.