Petition to end gerrymandering

February 1, 2014 is a nonpartisan effort to clean up Illinois state politics. Independent Maps is being backed by groups from all over the political spectrum. The list includes Change Illinois, Chicago Lawyers, Common Cause, Latino Policy Forum, League of Women Voters, Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Advisory Council. The goal is to collect 300,000 signatures to propose a constitutional amendment in this fall's election to take the redistricting out of the hands of the politicians and let an independent commission determine political boundaries.

It behooves those of us senior citizens sitting around drinking coffee and bad-mouthing our politicians to put up or shut up. Get off our duffs, Google, get a petition and help clean up what a University of Illinois study called the third-most corrupt state in the United States.

Ray Hollmann

Fairview Heights

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