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Illinois Advocates For Redistricting Reform Not Giving Up Despite Supreme Court Ruling

Bradley University
Brad McMillan

The co-chairman of an effort to change the way Illinois draws legislative districts calls yesterday’s Supreme Court decision on redistricting disappointing - but isn’t giving up hope for change.

Brad McMillan is the executive director of Bradley University’s Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service and the co-chair of CHANGE Illinois. 

"We were hoping that they would come up with a constitutional standard on the issue of partisan gerrymandering, but they pretty much decided not to do that, and to leave it up to separate states," McMillan said. 

McMillan said that though the Supreme Court has ruled the federal courts should have no role in the legislative redistricting process, CHANGE Illinois is still working on getting its Fair Maps Amendment on next year’s state ballot. 

He said he met with Senate President John Cullerton yesterday to discuss some changes to the proposed amendment to help protect minority representation under a new non-partisan redistricting commission. 

A previous effort to shift Illinois to a non-partisan map drawing process was struck down by the Illinois Supreme Court in 2016.

Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.