Poll Shows 67% Support Fair Maps in Illinois

The SBAC  is committed to the Fair Maps initiative, which would create an independent commission to draw representative maps, because entrepreneurs are reluctant to expand when they are not confident in their government or ability to weigh in on policies that impact their businesses.

A recent poll completed by the Simon Public Policy Institute showed the bipartisan and widespread geographic support for an independent commission:

A proposed constitutional amendment to have legislative district maps created by an independent commission rather than the legislature received two- thirds (67 percent) support, with almost four in ten (38 percent) strongly favoring the reform. Fewer than one in four voters (22 percent) opposed the redistricting proposal. Whether in Chicago, its suburbs, or downstate, more than six in ten respondents supported the independent redistricting commission. However, while still a solid majority, fewer Republicans supported the redistricting reform (63 percent) than did Independents (70 percent) or Democrats (72 percent).

While the fight for Fair Maps has encountered roadblocks in the legislative process in Springfield, there have been some positive signals by Chicago Mayor, Lori Lightfoot.

Additionally, this month the U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule on two cases Rucho v. Common Cause (Maryland) and Lamone v. Benisek (North Carolina), specifically dealing with partisan gerrymandering. While SCOTUS has previously sidestepped this question, this presents another opportunity for the court to clarify if partisan gerrymandering is unconstitutional, and if so, set out a clear legal standard for determining when partisan manipulations of our maps cross a legal line.