Group starts new effort to put redistricting on 2016 ballot

CHICAGO (AP) — A coalition of business, clergy and civic leaders is launching new efforts to change how Illinois draws political boundaries.

The group, Independent Maps, wants a 2016 ballot measure that’ll put mapmaking into the hands of an 11-member commission. They’ve started a petition drive and will need almost 300,000 signatures. They plan to raise more than $3 million.

Group officials say their efforts are nonpartisan. Board members include former Tribune Company CEO Dennis FitzSimons, former White House chief of staff Bill Daley and former Playboy CEO Christie Hefner.

Similar attempts to change redistricting have failed.

In 2014 a Cook County judge ruled Yes for Independent Maps’ measure didn’t meet constitutional requirements.

FitzSimons says they’ve learned from that group’s efforts by starting earlier and changing some provisions highlighted in the judge’s ruling.