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    Remap reform group dials up heat on Pritzker with new poll

    Change Illinois says a new survey proves voters want to take reapportionment away from lawmakers and give it to an independent panel, but the governor seems to be balking.

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    79彩票注册网址A group pushing for Illinois to take remap out of the hands of lawmakers and give it to an independent panel moved to turn up the heat today, releasing poll results indicating voters strongly back their idea.

    But there was no sign that either legislators or Gov. J.B. Pritzker will comply with the request by Change Illinois, and the group's executive director, Madeleine Doubek, charged that the governor in fact is going back on his promises to be helpful.

    According to a poll conducted for Change Illinois by Darien-based Fako Reseach & Strategies, 8 in 10 voters say the current process of decennial legislative reapportionment—the formal name for remap—is unfair. Just 10 percent like the current system, in which the General Assembly passes new maps for its and congressional districts.

    By an almost as wide 75 percent to 15 percent margin, those surveyed said they support a proposed constitutional amendment to turn the job over to an independent commission. And 74 percent agreed with the proposition that Pritzker “has an obligation” to work with lawmakers to put that proposal on the November general election ballot.

    The survey of 603 likely November voters was conducted early last month and has an error margin of plus or minus 3.99 percentage points. The findings are broadly similar to those of the Paul Simon Institute at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, which has its own polling operation.

    79彩票注册网址In a phone interview, Doubek suggested that the wide margins are impressive, given extreme political polarization in the state, with wide margins of support among both Democrats and Republicans.

    The amendment plan recently introduced in the state Senate by Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake, has picked up 31 sponsors, enough to pass if it’s called for a vote. Identical language has been introduced in the House.

    79彩票注册网址But Doubek conceded that the Senate’s new president, Don Harmon, has not promised to bring the matter up for a vote and has not yet agreed to meet with her group.

    79彩票注册网址Harmon’s spokesman said the request is “under review.”

    Doubek had much harsher words for Pritzker, who during his election campaign said he sees problems with the current system but since has only promised to veto an “unfair” map without specifying what would be unfair.

    Doubek said she’s been seeking a meeting with the governor since last fall but has heard nothing. Pritzker “isn’t living up to his promises and pledges,” she said, a remark that may not help her secure that meeting.

    The proposal also has faced some opposition from minority groups concerned that African Americans and Latinos will be denied their fair share of power. Doubek said the current plan has some minority backing and she’s working to get more.

    79彩票注册网址Predecessors to Change Illinois sought to get a remap referendum on the ballot by petition but were blocked by the courts. Fearing another setback there, Doubek’s group this time decided to use a new tactic: pressure lawmakers to put the proposal on the ballot themselves.

    The Fako poll also asked about the favorability of Pritzker and President Donald Trump. Trump was in the tank, with 56 percent of respondents negative and 38 percent positive. But somewhat surprisingly, Pritzker somewhat lagged, too, with just 39 percent of those surveyed saying they have positive feelings about him, compared with 36 percent negative.

    Melinda Bush's name has been corrected.

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