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Rep. Hammond renews call for fair maps, supports petition to end gerrymandering


By Karen Kidd | Jul 12, 2019

Illinois state House Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) | norinehammond.org

A Republican Illinois House representative from the 93rd District earlier this week renewed her call for fair maps and pushed support for an independent map-drawing petition following a U.S. Supreme Court decision not to hear gerrymander cases.

"Our democracy is built upon the premise that voters choose their elected officials," state Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) said in a statement issued Thursday. "But in Illinois, a partisan map-drawing process that allows majority party lawmakers to draw their own maps and essentially choose their voters is used. This procedure protects incumbent legislators and solidifies majority party control. The process, known as 'gerrymandering,' stifles democracy and undermines our representative form of government."

Hammond's statement followed the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to not hear cases involving gerrymandered political maps.

Hammond also encouraged "all who support an independent map-drawing process" to sign a petition in support of HJRCA 10, which would remove map-making authority from state legislators and turn it over to a an independent commission.

The 93rd District includes all or parts of Galesburg, Macomb, Mount Sterling, Rushville, Havana and Abingdon.

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