Do you support changes to the redistricting process? If so, will you commit to sponsoring legislation and/or lobbying your colleagues on behalf of a constitutional change?

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The current redistricting process borders upon being corrupt. I would definitely lobby my colleagues to correct this situation.

Yes. Fair Maps is part of my platform.

I support Fair Maps. Redistricting should not be influenced by the partisan whims of Springfield politicians, regardless of who is in charge. Redistricting should be an independent process that establishes legislative districts that preserves the integrity of communities, based on both geographic, racial, and cultural considerations.

Part of the reason that Speaker Madigan has concentrated his power over the years is because he controls how voting districts are mapped. He created districts that concentrate or disperse voters to guarantee election outcomes for his selected candidates. This is another example of the government working against us. I will support legislation for fair maps so that our elected officials work for us.

I support changes to the redistricting process so that district boundaries are established by academics and mathematicians who create equal populations in, as far as possible, equal amounts of physical space. I would sponsor legislation that resulted in districts that were not gerrymandered into existence. The creation of the districts should not be limited in participation to only the two major political parties.

Yes. Redistricting should be done without regard to partisan advantage. Using power to maintain power is anti-democratic. I would enthusiastically sponsor legislation and/or lobby my colleagues to change the constitution in this regard.

Concerning redistricting, if it's not the case already, I believe that it should be governed by a NONPARTISAN body. If this is not the case at this time, then yes, I will lobby and/or sponsor for this to happen.

Concerning redistricting, if it's not the case already, I believe that it should be governed by a NONPARTISAN body. If this is not the case at this time, then yes, I will lobby and/or sponsor for this to happen.

Yes, and I will gladly sponsor legislation on behalf of a Fair Map amendment to our state constitution.

I support the Fair Map project. We need to take the politics out of the redistricting process. The current process does not serve the best interest of the community. We need districts that are more compact and more reflective of historic district boundaries.

Yes. Redistricting should be overhauled to take the politicization and partisanship out of the process. Currently the process is designed for the continuation of political power by the party in charge. It has been a major part of why the people of Illinois are in the economic circumstance we are in. We should have a process that is done in a way that is transparent and fair. We should take out redistricting based on demographic criteria like race and political affiliation. Those considerations divide us ideologically and otherwise. The district map should have logical boundaries and shapes that are recognizable to a fifth grader. A computer-generated map could be a solution.

Yes, bottom line is that if based on changes in the next Census, districts must have nearly equal populations and must not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity.

Yes. Republicans and Democrats are guilty of using their positions of power to gerrymander legislative districts and to be allowed to choose their voters, instead of the other way around. I fully support an independent commission that would set the boundaries for each 10-year period without regard for who is serving in what seat and where. Fair maps mean fair elections. Fair elections mean better representation for the people of Illinois.

I support changes to the redistricting process in Illinois and would commit to sponsoring legislation and/or lobbying my colleagues to reform the process.

I am a strong proponent of redistricting reform. Allowing elected officials to draw their own legislative districts has led to much of the government dysfunction we see today. I support redistricting reform and the Fair MAP amendments. In this past year, I have introduced a constitutional amendment to reform redistricting in Illinois (HJRCA17).

Yes, I support the Fair Map proposal that would have a bi-partisan commission draw the map rather than current process that is largely controlled by the politics of those in charge.

Without question the redistricting process needs to be reformed.

The redistricting process should be independent of political influence. That is why I support Fair Maps. Legislative districts should reflect the will of the voters, not the political whims of one man from Chicago. Establishing an independent commission bound by simple and fair rules is probably the most critical political reform that could be made to change the direction of our state.

Yes, I support changes to the redistricting process. This will need to be a national change. I believe that Illinois should lead the nation in developing a model for drawing new maps. We should then participate in a nationwide campaign for fair maps. I would want input from Jonathan Mattingly of Duke Math, Allison Riggs of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, Moon Duchin of Tufts Math, and Mira Bernstein of Tufts Science, Technology and Society. We need partisan fairness in the drawing of maps. The current rules that were intended to create partisan fairness failed to anticipate the utter disregard for fairness that dominates the political scene. The rules are not as sophisticated as the people who seek to maneuver around them.

Yes. Illinois' current redistricting process is broken and its why Illinois has effectively become a one party state. Incumbents should be accountable to their constituents for their behavior and for the votes that they take. Competitive districts will compel state legislators to put more hours into meeting with their constituents and with groups from across the political spectrum. The benefits of this are twofold: 1) legislators will be more likely to work with colleagues on the other side of the aisle and 2) we can restore the public's confidence in our electoral process, a process that so many Illinoisans feel has left them with no say in our state's internal affairs.

As Congressman Dold's political director, I was empowered to become an advocate for independent maps on both the state and federal level. For me, this isn't about scoring political points. This is about ensuring everyone right has to have their voice heard and improving the overall quality of our representation.

I am in support of changes to the redistricting process.

The gerrymandering of our current political districts should be criminal. I will support a map that is simple to understand and has a mix of all different kinds of people, race, gender, political class. I would like to see our new maps as simple blocks, like a plat book.

Yes, I support the Fair Map initiative. We need to look at the way we draw district maps and make sure we are paying attention to historic district boundaries. The gerrymandering in Illinois has not served the people well.

Yes, I support changes to the redistricting process. I would sponsor legislation and lobby my colleagues on behalf of a constitutional change to redistricting if and only if it protects minority representation and meets all requirements of the Voting Rights Act.

Yes. I will either promote redistricting to be done in a manner that looks at redistricting in a nonpartisan manner or, if necessary, support a constitutional change. Some of the redistricted maps are ridiculous and the public would be better informed about them if we sold puzzles with the pieces in the shapes of various gerrymandered districts. It is important that all of our voices are represented and are not muffled by the shape of our districts because an incumbent wants to stay in office. Serving in office is not intended to be a livelihood, but a duty of public service. I, David A. Zulkey, intend to represent everyone in the 8th Legislative District.

Yes, Redistricting should be a non-partisan process. We should look to other States with an unbiased system such as Iowa. Obviously, any automated system or Commission must comply with the voting Rights Act, one person one vote and really accommodate communities of interest. Gerrymandering such as we have today must be outlawed as a relic of the past. It is interesting that if a person inappropriately influences one vote they are subject to legal action, but at redistricting time thousands can be disenfranchised with no penalty, just reward

Yes, I support changing the redistricting process. I believe an independent, transparent, and impartial commission should be in charge of redistricting. I would commit to sponsoring legislation and lobbying my colleagues if elected.

I support redistricting led by an independent commission and not the state legislature. The process must be transparent, impartial and fair. Such a process will result in more competitive races and legislators who are more responsive to their constituents.

I do support reforms to the redistricting process to remove partisanship from the process. It has been effective in California and their system may be a good one to consider.

I do support changes to our redistricting process so that all electoral power can be equally represented across our local and state governments. However, I do not support the breaking up of long standing communities or neighborhoods in order to diminish their voting power or their collective voice. I do not believe that solid lines across districts necessarily equal better representation.

I am 100% in favor of a system of independent districting such as was proposed by the Independent Maps coalition that managed to get over half a million signatures in support of the citizen backed constitutional initiative. Having gotten about 2,100 signatures to get on the ballot in this election (and about 1,500 personally) I am in awe of the type of work that they did for this very important cause. While they ultimately failed, the reason that they had to do it at all was that the legislature has not been willing to put it on the ballot themselves. I will fight hard to do so.

The negative effects of gerrymandering are crystal clear. The party in power draws district lines so that they stay in power. The result is what we have now, which is a legislature where very few candidates ever face challenges to their election, even from the other party. Such protection for incumbents breeds a harmful complacency.

I am generally supportive of the Fair Map initiative. Illinois residents have not been well served by the gerrymandering in our state. We need legislative districts that make sense and respect historic district boundaries. We have too many small counties that are carved up and represented by multiple lawmakers. We need legislative districts that make sense.

I am generally supportive of the Fair Map initiative. Illinois residents have not been well served by the gerrymandering in our state. We need legislative districts that make sense and respect historic district boundaries. We have too many small counties that are carved up and represented by multiple lawmakers. We need legislative districts that make sense.

Yes. Current Illinois legislative districts are harmful to our political system. Their lines violate existing community boundaries with impunity and are only rational if the intent is to stifle competition at the ballot box and segregate voters based upon their political views. Recent ballot initiatives to create a "fair" map system have seen overwhelming popular support and were only prevented as a result of legal challenges mounted by Mike Madigan, who argued that such an initiative fell outside the bounds of what was constitutionally permissible. By taking the map making process out of the purview of political manipulation, the democratic process would be better promoted and citizens would be better served. I was a strong advocate of the Fair Map movement in the past and will continue to be as an elected official.

I need to be educated on this, but it seems to drive higher campaign financing, higher stakes in elections, and needs to be changed.

Yes. Current Illinois legislative districts are harmful to our political system. Their lines violate existing community boundaries with impunity and are only rational if the intent is to stifle competition at the ballot box and segregate voters based upon their political views. Recent ballot initiatives to create a "fair" map system have seen overwhelming popular support and were only prevented as a result of legal challenges mounted by Mike Madigan, who argued that such an initiative fell outside the bounds of what was constitutionally permissible. By taking the map making process out of the purview of political manipulation, the democratic process would be better promoted and citizens would be better served. I was a strong advocate of the Fair Map movement in the past and will continue to be as an elected official.

I need to be educated on this, but it seems to drive higher campaign financing, higher stakes in elections, and needs to be changed.

Yes, I personally support it, but again, I will have to poll the people to see what they want. I personally believe in fair redistricting. But, whatever party is in power they redistrict for their benefit, not the people.

I would support changes to the redistricting.

I support the effort to create an independent redistricting process as long as the process ensures adequate representation of minority communities. I supported the Independent Map Amendment ballot initiative. As a state representative I will continue to be committed to this issue and would sponsor legislation and lobby my colleagues to create the constitutional change necessary to implement it.

I would consider supporting changes to the redistricting process for state and local districts. I am opposed to changes in redistricting in Illinois for federal offices unless those rules are uniform across the country.

I would support such a change on a national basis if the Supreme Court produced a standard to determine improper political influence.

We have some crazy looking districts in Illinois. However, in some cases the oddly shaped districts actually serve a purpose, such as the C-shaped 4th Congressional District. I support changes to the redistricting process as long as they comply with the spirit of the Voting Rights Act and ensure that traditionally disenfranchised populations have a chance to compete and have their voice heard in the political process.

I support the effort to create an independent redistricting process as long as the process ensures adequate representation of minority communities. I supported the Independent Map Amendment ballot initiative. As a state representative I will continue to be committed to this issue and would sponsor legislation and lobby my colleagues to create the constitutional change necessary to implement it.

I would support such a change on a national basis if the Supreme Court produced a standard to determine improper political influence.

We have some crazy looking districts in Illinois. However, in some cases the oddly shaped districts actually serve a purpose, such as the C-shaped 4th Congressional District. I support changes to the redistricting process as long as they comply with the spirit of the Voting Rights Act and ensure that traditionally disenfranchised populations have a chance to compete and have their voice heard in the political process.

I would consider supporting changes to the redistricting process for state and local districts. I am opposed to changes in redistricting in Illinois for federal offices unless those rules are uniform across the country.

Yes, I support changes to our redistricting process. We have to make sure that our redistricting process has the best interest of the constituents at the forefront. I would love to champion those efforts and lobby my colleagues for a constitutional change.

I simply do not think an independent body without political partiality will exist for redistricting. We will get in a bigger political mess if we aim for this. I support and would rather focus on political reform through bringing in new voices in elected office, striving for campaign finance reform, etc.

Yes, I will sponsor and/or support legislation that minimizes the opportunity for gerrymandering.

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Absolutely. For several years I've had bipartisan discussions about a redistricting solution with representatives from both chambers. Republican Rep. Mark Batinick and I co-authored an article a few years ago describing one of our favorite solutions; an interstate compact. The inherent issue with passing redistricting state-by-state is that cherry picking which states to reform has been designed to benefit Republicans more than Democrats. Since many other states favor Republicans with their maps, that would be a political non-starter for many legislators. The goal would be to find a red state that mirrors us in population and congressional composition and then pass a compact, in which both states only reorganize their maps if the other does as well. There is precedent for similar such compacts. The political impact would be zeroed out, and both states get fair maps.

Yes, absolutely I think there needs to be major reforms in the redistricting process. We need to have a process that supports all voters and not just the agendas of the political elite. Again, it is a matter of something we can not afford not to do. I would support a possible constitutional change as a part of redistricting reform.

Yes, absolutely I think there needs to be major reforms in the redistricting process. We need to have a process that supports all voters and not just the agendas of the political elite. Again, it is a matter of something we can not afford not to do. I would support a possible constitutional change as a part of redistricting reform.

It is said that current gerrymandering allows office holders to pick their voters, instead of voters picking their office holders. My district 28 is so convoluted that it has no cohesive community. Some experts propose a bipartisan or nonpartisan committee to create districts. Some states have this. We need to explore these options.

Will reach back out for comment.

I would have to study the issue more but I believe the map process should be more transparent.

Will reach back out for comment.

I do support change to the redistricting process and will lobby my colleagues for this change

Yes. I support the creation of an independent map commission and passage of any amendment required to provide for this. I will commit to sponsoring legislation and lobbying my colleagues on behalf of this constitutional change. The amendment would create an independent commission that would draw legislative boundaries based on Census results. This commission would create representative legislative districts through a process that is fair, impartial and rational. I would want the commission to be authorized to take into consideration the racial and ethnic composition of the district to preserve minority representation in state government.

I support changes to redistricting that are fair, transparent and bipartisan. Particularly as a biracial, Asian-American Jewish woman, it's important to me that the Voting Rights Act is upheld and that minority voices are preserved in any proposals to change the redistricting process.

I support changes to redistricting that are fair, transparent and bipartisan. Particularly as a biracial, Asian-American Jewish woman, it's important to me that the Voting Rights Act is upheld and that minority voices are preserved in any proposals to change the redistricting process.

The current redistricting process has allowed for minorities to serve. I support redistricting that creates opportunity for minorities. Our current process has also allowed long time leadership to systematically control. We have to change our process.

Yes, I strongly support an end to gerrymandering. It is one of the least democratic and most destructive ideas to infect our governments. I have worked on this issue in California. Sadly, with the Property Tax Brothers (Madigan, Durkin, Berrios) in charge, we won't have fair redistricting after the next census. That is because they focus on making money off of property tax appeals and vendor assistance programs, rather than doing the job they are sworn to do.

Yes. I support the creation of an independent map commission and passage of any amendment required to provide for this. I will commit to sponsoring legislation and lobbying my colleagues on behalf of this constitutional change. The amendment would create an independent commission that would draw legislative boundaries based on Census results. This commission would create representative legislative districts through a process that is fair, impartial and rational. I would want the commission to be authorized to take into consideration the racial and ethnic composition of the district to preserve minority representation in state government.
As the map is currently drawn, state legislative districts incorporate parts of multiple municipalities, townships, and school districts. The 17th legislative district encompasses parts of seven municipalities, four townships and too many school districts to count. It is at least all within one county and one congressional district. That is not true for other districts. There is no rational cohesion to the district. Of course, this is aggravated by the sheer number of local governmental entities, another problem the state should take measures to address.

Yes. I am committed to look at how the process can be improved and if that generates legislation yes I would commit to work to bring it to fruition.

I do support changes to prevent gerrymandering.

I am in favor of a non-partisan redistricting process led by an independent commission, similar to that used in California and will commit to sponsoring legislation and/or lobbying my colleagues.

I do support changes to the redistricting process, I think the present process is much too political, protects incumbents, and denies voter choice. I need to evaluate a specific proposal before committing to supporting or sponsoring it.

The redistricting process should make certain in its consideration that the representation is fair and inclusive for all citizens and that there is a recognition of the diversity of this state

I am in support of a transparent and equitable redistricting process. Right now two gerrymandering cases will be heard by the Supreme Court, so, in advance of that ruling, I think it is premature to consider changes to our Illinois Constitution.

I support a non partisan mapping process

The way these districts are gerrymandered is ridiculous. So yes, I support a change to the process.

The way these districts are gerrymandered is ridiculous. So yes, I support a change to the process.

I support a non partisan mapping process

I believe we should remove the legislative redistricting process out of the hands of Springfield politicians. Voters should be picking their politicians, not the other way around. An independent group bound by rules that do not make partisan considerations while also protecting the integrity of community boundaries and minority groups would be best fit to elect a General Assembly that is truly representative of the will of the voters, not a political machine or majority party.

Yes, Districts should be pure and simple geographic squares.

As for redistricting - give it to an outside agency that mathematically draws compact rectangles based upon population count, not by the way people voted. Why should we be making ridiculous splatter-grams to elect our representatives? I will commit to sponsoring and lobbying for this constitutional change.

I believe we should remove the legislative redistricting process out of the hands of Springfield politicians. Voters should be picking their politicians, not the other way around. An independent group bound by rules that do not make partisan considerations while also protecting the integrity of community boundaries and minority groups would be best fit to elect a General Assembly that is truly representative of the will of the voters, not a political machine or majority party.

Yes, Districts should be pure and simple geographic squares.

Yes, I am a strong proponent of overhauling the redistricting process to reduce gerrymandering and I would commit to sponsoring legislation on this matter.

Yes, I am a strong proponent of overhauling the redistricting process to reduce gerrymandering and I would commit to sponsoring legislation on this matter.

As for redistricting - give it to an outside agency that mathematically draws compact rectangles based upon population count, not by the way people voted. Why should we be making ridiculous splatter-grams to elect our representatives? I will commit to sponsoring and lobbying for this constitutional change.

I support strong changes to the redistricting process, and the "Fair Map" initiative is a great start. The plan would create an independent redistricting commission. For far too many decades now, party leaders have controlled the redistricting process in Illinois. This results are politically gerrymandered districts that are not contiguous, understandable, or reasonable. As has often been cited- currently it is politicians picking their constituents, clearly not how it should be. This has allowed incumbents to become deeply entrenched allowing for one person to control a seat for decades.

Yes. Right now, politicians are choosing the voters instead of voters choosing their representatives.

I support strong changes to the redistricting process, and the "Fair Map" initiative is a great start. The plan would create an independent redistricting commission. For far too many decades now, party leaders have controlled the redistricting process in Illinois. This results are politically gerrymandered districts that are not contiguous, understandable, or reasonable. As has often been cited- currently it is politicians picking their constituents, clearly not how it should be. This has allowed incumbents to become deeply entrenched allowing for one person to control a seat for decades.

Yes. I'm a strong supporter and advocate of Independent Map Redistricting. Yes, I will commit to sponsoring legislation and advocacy on behalf of a constitutional change.

Yes. I'm a strong supporter and advocate of Independent Map Redistricting. Yes, I will commit to sponsoring legislation and advocacy on behalf of a constitutional change.

Yes, I support some consideration to the effort to change the redistricting process.

Yes, I support some consideration to the effort to change the redistricting process.

Yes I support redistricting reform. As I was getting familiar with the 38th district boundaries, it blew my mind how rigged the boundaries are. I believe the people in a district should be on similar mindset whenever possible. For example, there is a part of Will County and Frankfort that is in the 38th district. The people in this area are not being represented well because they are in a district that is mostly Cook County and of completely different demographics. In Matteson where I am from, there are people in my town on the other side (Matteson is not that big) who have a different State Representative. It makes no sense.

Yes I support redistricting reform. As I was getting familiar with the 38th district boundaries, it blew my mind how rigged the boundaries are. I believe the people in a district should be on similar mindset whenever possible. For example, there is a part of Will County and Frankfort that is in the 38th district. The people in this area are not being represented well because they are in a district that is mostly Cook County and of completely different demographics. In Matteson where I am from, there are people in my town on the other side (Matteson is not that big) who have a different State Representative. It makes no sense.

Yes, I do support changes to the redistricting process. I plan on lobbying my colleagues to make a change including the possibility of making a constitutional change (a constitutional change is not the only method of reform — I'm open to other approaches as long as they are serious ideas)

Yes, I enthusiastically support a complete overhaul to the redistricting process as it exists today. I believe this issue is one of most unknown and problematic obstacles of our state. The State of Illinois needs a fair, transparent and just process for its citizens to be represented. I believe we are at a crossroads as a state and as a people. We must do away with electoral representation dependent on the party in charge less we always run the risk of disenfranchising those who do not favor their ideological whims. I support a full overhaul of the current process of redrawing districts based on the party in charge.

I would advocate for computerized redistricting. Race, color, creed, political affiliation and geographic considerations would not be part of the formula. Population density and common sense rectangular, squared areas would be my chief criteria. We are all Illinoisans. We must transcend all that separate us and know we all have more in common than our current leadership and their nonsensical lines would have us believe. And, most importantly, the politicians are kicked out of the process. Yes, with enthusiasm for all the reasons listed above.

Yes, I enthusiastically support a complete overhaul to the redistricting process as it exists today. I believe this issue is one of most unknown and problematic obstacles of our state. The State of Illinois needs a fair, transparent and just process for its citizens to be represented. I believe we are at a crossroads as a state and as a people. We must do away with electoral representation dependent on the party in charge less we always run the risk of disenfranchising those who do not favor their ideological whims. I support a full overhaul of the current process of redrawing districts based on the party in charge.

I would advocate for computerized redistricting. Race, color, creed, political affiliation and geographic considerations would not be part of the formula. Population density and common sense rectangular, squared areas would be my chief criteria. We are all Illinoisans. We must transcend all that separate us and know we all have more in common than our current leadership and their nonsensical lines would have us believe. And, most importantly, the politicians are kicked out of the process. Yes, with enthusiasm for all the reasons listed above.

I am in favor of having an independent council draw district maps. Things I've read say the shape of the gerrymandered districts doesn't matter as much as we would like to think. Let's ask Peter Roskam about gerrymandered districts on November 7th. The IL-6 was drawn to be a red district from the get go, and it seems very likely it will go blue anyway.