Mike Madigan has rigged the system. He picks the voters for the politicians he controls and backs them with special interest cash. Now that a Cook County judge has ruled against the Independent Maps Initiative, many Republican statehouse candidates are pushing for political reforms, including term limits and fair maps, to restore citizen control over state government. Illinois is broken and we can no longer afford the rigged system built by the supermajority in Springfield.
GOP Lawmakers and Candidates to Discuss Need for Term Limits, Political Reform
What: GOP lawmakers and State Senate/House candidates hold press conference to discuss the need for term limits and other political reforms. Lawmakers and candidates will be available for questions following the press conference.
Who: House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (HD 82) Sen. Sue Rezin (SD 38)...
A new poll from Basswood Research released on Friday shows Senator Mark Kirk leading Tammy Duckworth by two points in the U.S. Senate race.
"Following a few horrible weeks for the Duckworth campaign, including having Illinois taxpayers pick up the tab for her legal troubles, it comes as no surprise that Illinois voters prefer Senator Kirk's thoughtful, effective and independent leadership," said Illinois Republican Party Executive Director Nick Klitzing.
The Independent Map Amendment lost Round 1. Supporters are hoping for a win in Round 2.
On Wednesday, Cook County Circuit Judge Diane Joan Larsen ruled as unconstitutional a proposed amendment that would take away the power of drawing legislative maps from the Illinois General Assembly and assign it to an independent commission.
The judge, who was first elected to the bench in 1998 as a Democrat, sided with the opponents on all seven objections.
Madigan sues because amendment threatens his “ability to install and control lawmakers”
Today, a Cook County circuit court is expected to rule on Mike Madigan’s lawsuit to get the Independent Map Amendment thrown off the November ballot.
From the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board: Article XIV, Section 3 — the part of the Illinois Constitution that empowers voters to put an amendment on the ballot — is a single, straightforward paragraph.