The focus is on gerrymandering and pensions this week, with the third public hearing of the Senate Redistricting Committee scheduled for September 22, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

Also this week, a Senate task force met to discuss the state’s massive pension debt, and offer tentative solutions to reducing Illinois’ pension obligations. Senator Bivins said Illinois has consistently held the dubious distinction of claiming the worst pension funding problem in the nation.

Gerrymandering reform will again be the topic at the third public hearing of the Illinois Senate Committee on Redistricting, which is scheduled for 12:00 p.m., September 22 in Bradley University’s Hartmann Theatre Center, 1453 St. James Street, in Peoria.

Gerrymandering is a term used to describe the drawing of legislative and congressional districts to provide an automatic advantage either to a political party or to incumbent officeholders to influence the outcome of elections.

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