Senate Democrats introduced a redistricting reform plan this week to change the way legislative district maps are drawn in Illinois, but it falls short because it still allows politicians to draw their own districts and does nothing to encourage bipartisan compromise.

Senate and House Republicans have introduced legislation (SJRCA 104 and HJRCA 56) that takes the drawing of legislative districts out of the hands of politicians and gives the task to a bipartisan commission. Both measures are backed by reform groups.

The Republican plan also requires a two-thirds vote to approve redistricting maps, while the Democrat plan allows a map to be adopted by a simple majority vote.

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