League of Women Voters seek support for Fair Map Amendment

By on March 25, 2010

Kane County—You may see some individuals around town with badges saying, “Ask Us How To Improve Illinois Politics.” It is all part of a final push on the part of the League of Women Voters to solicit petition signatures to put the Fair Map Amendment on the November ballot.

Kane County voters can receive information from League members and sign petitions at the St. Charles Library on Thursday, March 25, between 3 and 7 p.m., at Caribou in Geneva on Friday, March 26, between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., and at the Little Owl in Geneva on Saturday, March 27, between noon and 2 p.m.

The Fair Map Amendment to the Illinois constitution would change the process for drawing up the districts from which state legislators are elected. The amendment would move the legislative map drawing power from incumbent legislators to an independent commission to be selected and guided by stringent, established criteria. The amendment would also mandate greater transparency during the mapping process, calling for open public meetings of the commission.

Statewide, the goal is to obtain 500,000 petition signatures by Thursday, April 15, to ensure getting the Fair Map Amendment on the November ballot. In addition to the League of Women Voters, the amendment is supported by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Better Government Association, the Illinois Farm Bureau, Common Cause–Illinois, and Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.

For additional information or sign a petition, contact the League of Women Voters of Geneva-St Charles,www.lwvgenstc.org.