SPRINGFIELD, Ill., July 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A diverse coalition of two dozen business, consumer and public interest organizations has urged the Illinois Supreme Court "to allow democracy to prevail and to let the people have their vote" on the Independent Map Amendment in the November election.
Signed by organizations "representing virtually every conceivable constituency and virtually every conceivable spot on the political spectrum," the organizations in the coalition "are united in their concern for the future of Illinois and their support for a ballot initiative that will allow the people of Illinois to have a meaningful voice in shaping that future," according to the "friend of the court" (amicus curiae) brief.
Signers of the Friend of the Court Brief
League of Women Voters of Illinois
Small Business Advocacy Council
Illinois Campaign for Political Reform
Rockford Chamber of Commerce
Champaign County Chamber of Commerce
Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI)
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Latino Policy Forum
Illinois Public Interest Research Group
West Rogers Park Community Organization
Metropolitan Planning Council
Better Government Association
Chicago Southside Branch NAACP
Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization
Union League Club of Chicago
Illinois Farm Bureau
Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
Illinois Chamber of Commerce
Citizen Advocacy Center
The Civic Federation
The Commercial Club of Chicago
Chicago Embassy Church
Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
On July 22, the Illinois Supreme Court granted an emergency motion accepting a direct appeal of a Cook County Circuit Court judge's ruling that the Independent Map Amendment does not meet state constitutional requirements for a citizen-initiated amendment. The Independent Map Amendment would establish an impartial commission to draw legislative district boundaries and require a process that is transparent, impartial and fair.
To read the remainder of the news release and the friend of the court brief, go to www.MapAmendment.org.
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