A judge’s ruling and a battle on valid signatures won't stop a bipartisan group from continuing its efforts to change the state’s remapping process. In addition to dealing with pressure to prove to the State Board of Elections that nearly 300,000 signatures they received were valid, Cook County Judge Mary Mikva ruled that the amendment proposed by Yes! For Independent Maps didn’t meet requirements of the state constitution.
Judge Mikva also ruled against the proposal by Yes for Independent Maps stating the provisions went beyond changing the structure and procedure of the General Assembly in part by limiting members of the independent commission from running for the General Assembly. According to the initiative, members of the independent commission wouldn't be allowed to serve as a lawmaker for a decade following their time on the commission.
The independent map coalition said it may try again in 2016 or 2018. “We have concluded that we are not going to proceed in this election cycle. Instead, we will put the lessons learned in this campaign and from the judge’s ruling to good use,” said Deborah Harrington, chairperson of Yes! for Independent Maps in a statement.
What would have happened if the state was remapped? What went wrong in the process, and why isn't Yes! For Independent Maps going to appeal the ruling? Joining us to answer all this and more are the attorney representing the bipartisan group, Michael Dorf, and attorney Michael Kasper, who represented the group opposing an independent remapping process.