This week in the General Assembly, it is becoming clear that redistricting reform in Illinois is unlikely to advance in 2010, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

Over the past year, redistricting reform has been the subject of a number of hearings across the state by a Senate panel. At those hearings, a consistent demand from witnesses, experts and reform groups was that the process of drawing legislative districts should be handed over to a non-partisan, independent body.

On April 29, Republican House of Representative members stood with a broad coalition of government reform groups and most editorial writers in the state in opposition to SJRCA 121. The measure, which had been previously pushed out of the Senate on a straight partisan roll call, was flawed because it continued to allow politicians to draw their own districts and essentially pick their own voters. They were joined by one Democrat House member in rejecting the proposal." />

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