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Redistricting Reform Group Claims Presidential Support

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BRIAN MACKEY / NPR ILLINOIS
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A group that wants an independent panel to draw Illinois' legislative districts claims support from President Barack Obama.

Obama said politicians should not get to pick their voters in his Springfield speech this week.

He was speaking about federal elections, but the group Independent Maps says this rationale applies to the states.

Obama says politicians' enthusiasm for the idea often depends on whether their party has control of district boundaries.

"This tends to be popular in states where Democrats have been drawing the lines among Republicans, and less popular among Republicans where they control drawing the lines. So let’s be very clear here — nobody has got clean hands on this thing."

Democrats alone drew Illinois' current legislative borders. They're skeptical of Independent Maps, which has been embraced by Republican Governor Bruce Rauner.

Independent Maps is collecting signatures to get a constitutional amendment before voters this fall.

Brian Mackey formerly reported on state government and politics for NPR Illinois and a dozen other public radio stations across the state. Before that, he was A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
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