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Ryan Spain introduces redistricting reform amendment

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

State Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) wants to take legislators out of the process of drawing districts. 

Spain worked with CHANGE Illinois to draft House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment (HJRCA) 43, which aims to end both congressional and legislative gerrymandering in the state of Illinois.

Spain said the amendment would remove politicians from drawing their own districts by creating an independent redistricting commission. The commission would be "demographically, politically and geographically representative of our state." Spain said all communications and data from the commission would be public, and there would need to be at least 30 public hearings on maps drawn up by the commission before a final vote is taken. 

“An independent and transparent process for redistricting is critical for the protecting the core principles of our democracy. For too long, politicians have chosen their voters instead of voters choosing their elected officials,” said Spain.

Spain said his amendment is similar to one proposed by former Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo) in 2016 which received 105 votes in the Illinois House. 

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