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Redistricting amendment struck down by Illinois Supreme Court

Chicago area districts since 2013 (Source: United States Department of the Interior) Chicago area districts since 2013 (Source: United States Department of the Interior)

CHICAGO (AP/KFVS) - The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled a voter referendum seeking to change the system Illinois uses to draw political boundaries is unconstitutional, meaning it can't appear on the November ballot.

The ruling Thursday affirms a Cook County judge's decision that the proposal doesn't meet constitutional muster. A county judge rejected a similar signature-driven effort in 2014.

The Independent Maps coalition, a group of bipartisan business leaders and former elected officials, gathered petitions calling for an 11-member commission to be in charge of drawing legislative district lines.

Currently, the party in power runs political map-making.

Republican Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner issued a series of statements shortly after the decision was made.

“Legislative districts should represent people based upon the community where they live." Governor Rauner stated in a press release. "Politicians should not pick their voters by drawing spaghetti-like district lines with the sole intent of keeping one party in power regardless of how the people vote"

The legal challenge was brought by an attorney linked to top Democrats. It was filed on behalf of minority business and community leaders who claimed the proposed system would diminish minority representation.

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