Redistricting of political boundaries to favor one party over another is known as gerrymandering. Our Illinois Constitution places redistricting with the legislature. In reality, it is done by just a few partisan political leaders.

This practice interferes with fair elections and discourages potential candidates from seeking office. A nonpartisan coalition has developed an amendment that would remove decennial redistricting from political leaders and place it with a nonpartisan committee. Full details can be seen at www.IndependentMaps.com.

In order to have this placed on the November 2014 ballot, petitions of 300,000 valid signatures of Illinois registered voters are needed. Petition signing is gaining momentum all over the state, including McLean County.

If you haven’t already signed, you may locate one of the circulators by emailing illinois

Beginning Saturday and then every second and fourth Saturday, from 9 to 11 a.m., through March, signing and notary services will be located in the second-floor conference room of U.S. Bank, corner of Veterans Parkway and Eastland Drive.

Please avail yourself of this opportunity to correct one of the major defects in our state system that has led us to a corrupt and inept government.

J.R. Krueger

Normal

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