Elections Board OKs Map Amendment for ballot; Madigan lawsuit lingers
The Illinois State Board of Elections has approved the Independent Map Amendment for the November ballot this week, but House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Dist. 22) is standing in the way of its ratification.
“Now that the State Board of Elections has approved the Independent Map Amendment, the only thing standing in the way of letting the people vote for fair legislative maps is Mike Madigan,” Illinois Republican Party Spokesman Steven Yaffe said. “Many Democrats claim to support redistricting reform, but all have remained silent on Mike Madigan’s lawsuit to get the Independent Map Amendment thrown off the ballot. Democrats need to listen to the will of the people and denounce Madigan’s lawsuit, and refuse financial support from Madigan’s Democratic Party until this shameful lawsuit is dropped. Otherwise, this is a clear signal that Democrats would prefer maintaining power to doing what is right for the people of Illinois.”
Madigan is currently sponsoring a lawsuit that is aimed at removing the Independent Map Amendment from the upcoming ballot in November. The amendment has received a substantial amount of signatures from the State Board of Elections, many more than what is required to add it to the ballot.