Without reforms that level the playing field between the public and private sectors, the cost of Illinois’ public sector workers will continue to damage the state’s labor market, economy and taxpayers.View Report
Tackling Illinois corruption isn’t just a moral imperative. It’s a financial necessity.
With support for fair maps in the Illinois General Assembly, a hungry electorate and a national conversation on gerrymandering, is the Land of Lincoln finally ready to change its own backwards mapmaking?
Illinois’ governor pledged to veto any map gerrymandered by state lawmakers, but it’s the process of mapmaking that needs to change.
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.