GOP requests more time to collect signatures for redistricting proposal

SPRINGFIELD - The State Board of Elections is being requested by top Illinois Republicans to grant an extension to a group that's gathering signatures to take the political mapmaking process away from lawmakers.

On Tuesday, the House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno asked the board to give "Yes for Independent Maps" more time to obtain enough ballot signatures to let voters decide on the issue in November.  Over 500,000 signatures were submitted to the Board of Elections last month, but less than half of a five percent sample of signatures were valid.

The proposed constitutional amendment would give an independent commission mapmaking responsibilities.  The group needs nearly 300,000 valid signatures to put the proposal on the ballot.  The effort also faces a court challenge.
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