Yingling Backs Redistricting Reform Initiative in House

GRAYSLAKE, Ill. – Decades of one party control over the drawing of political jurisdictional lines may soon come to an end thanks to an initiative passed out of the Illinois House by state Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake.

“Our current process for re-districting is archaic,” Yingling said. “For decades, party leaders have sliced and diced political lines to favor candidates and office holders, severely handicapping our citizens’ right to free and open elections. This measure will put more power into the voters’ hands as to how their districts are drawn and it will limit the power for which political insiders manipulate the process.”

Yingling pushed for House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 58. Under this proposal, the top ranking Democrat and Republican from the Illinois Supreme Court would select an eight member redistricting committee. The commission would have to reflect the racial, ethnic and gender strengths, ensuring that all taxpayers’ voices are heard. The measure passed the House 105-7 and is now headed to the Senate for approval.

“Major reforms that can turn our state around are best achieved when people have a truly open and free say in state matters and work together,” Yingling said. “This Resolution passed with nearly unanimous support from Republicans and Democrats in the House, and I urge the Senate to act immediately on it.”

Yingling represents the 62nd District, which contains portions of Gages Lake, Grayslake, Hainesville, the Round Lake communities, Wauconda and Wildwood.

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