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Redistricting overhaul clears Illinois House

A plan to change how legislative districts are drawn in Illinois has cleared the state House.   Lawmakers currently draw district maps. 

But the measure that passed the House today would give the job to an independent eight-member panel.  The panel will be appointed by two state Supreme Court justices who would represent each party. If the group gridlocks, the proposal would have justices appoint a tie-breaking ninth member. 

The Senate will now consider the measure. If it passes that chamber, voters would be asked in November to approve the changes. 

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