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9 Ways the State Makes Citizen-Backed Improvement Difficult

The citizen-backed redistricting reform effort, though flawed, ran into some very fishy practices by the state of Illinois.

Yes, there were problems with the signatures gathered by Yes! for Independent Maps in their citizen-driven redistricting reform effort.

But that can't cover-up the fishiness that exists in the Illinois elections code and in the election board procedures that Yes! for Independent Maps ran into.

Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek spoke with one of the attorneys representing Yes! for Independent Maps about the difficulties the group ran into and the many obstacles the state has created for citizen-backed initiatives.

Nine different obstacles to be exact.

There was another citizen-backed movement that got the OK from the Board of Elections but was shot down in a Cook County lawsuit: the push for legislative terms limits, backed by Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner. The backers of term limits now are appealing the judge’s decision.

While the fight for the term limits amendment is being fought, Rauner is still going in his campaign against Gov. Pat Quinn, largely buoyed by donations from...himself? Yep, Rauner is Rauner's number one donor. Who's the top donor for Quinn? We've got the top 10 donors for both gubernatorial candidates.

This article appears on all Patch Chicago sites. The views expressed in this post are those of Reboot Illinois and do not reflect those of Patch or its editors.

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Tony Pedretti July 17, 2014 at 10:14 AM
The ruling while disappointing was fair and accurate. It displayed that the majority of the amendment text was legal and supported by the Illinois constitution and underlying citizen initiative process.
Tony Pedretti July 17, 2014 at 10:19 AM
Only the secondary provisions that were added to limit the commission members’ benefits were ruled incompatible with the Illinois constitution. The ruling gives the organizers a clear list of what will and will not ultimately pass the Illinois Supreme Court.
Ryan July 17, 2014 at 10:37 AM
Illinois Government: Too Big to Fail. ...or even be reformed a tiny bit.
Independence666 July 17, 2014 at 01:01 PM
Illinois is a joke!!
Seer_ July 17, 2014 at 03:55 PM
That's okay- the broke-assed State of Ill is just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

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