Gov. J.B. Pritzker inherited a $2.8 billion budget deficit the moment he stepped into office. Next year, that deficit is projected to be $3.4 billion1. It’s the same story every budget season. But Illinois’ budget crises could be a thing of the past if the state would adopt pension reform, right-size its union contracts and...View Report
In the end, redistricting reform could come under the dome in Springfield or by clipboards and signatures on street corners. Either way, those efforts are only helped by the governor holding on to his campaign promise.
House Speaker Mike Madigan has drawn Illinois’ legislative maps for three of the past four decades.
Illinois’ election districts heavily dilute suburban vote.
Since 1994, members of The People’s Map — which sued to keep a legislative map reform amendment off Illinois’ November ballot — and their employers have given over $6.6 million to Friends of Michael J. Madigan, the Democratic Majority and the Democratic Party of Illinois, which House Speaker Mike Madigan chairs.
The Illinois Supreme Court affirmed an earlier decision keeping the legislative mapmaking process in political hands.
Illinois politicians love to be involved in choosing their voters, especially Madigan.
More than 60 percent of Illinois’ state legislative races in 2016 will be uncontested.
A longtime associate of House Speaker Mike Madigan is working to silence Illinois voters on the subject of political mapmaking.
Madigan is the longest-serving House speaker in Illinois history and one of the longest-serving state House speakers in United States history.
In Illinois, politicians pick their voters.