panel of experts who provided background on the federal census process and a historical perspective of redistricting in Illinois.

DELEGATE SAYS REDISTRICTING SYSTEM IS ‘BROKEN’

Former State Senator and former Comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch provided information on the 1970 Constitutional Convention, where the current system of drawing legislative districts was established.

A 1970 Constitutional Convention delegate, Netsch explained that the “coin flip” process used to select the tie-breaking member of the legislative redistricting commission was intended to force compromise among legislative leaders, and noted that the convention delegates never expected the tie-breaker to be used.

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