“State of the State” fails to address legislative redistricting
Senate Republicans reacted to Gov. Pritzker’s first official “State of the State” address, delivered to a joint session of Illinois lawmakers Jan. 29 in the House of Representatives chambers, noting that the Governor failed to mention the critical issue of redistricting reform.
The Governor gave his assessment of how Illinois is doing as his Administration enters its second year. He is expected to present his Budget Address for Fiscal Year 2021 on Feb. 19.
The Senate Republican Caucus says, despite the Governor’s glowing assessment, much more needs to be done, including placing a stronger emphasis on rooting out corruption as a priority – beginning with fundamentally changing how the state draws legislative maps.
Currently, legislative maps are drawn behind closed doors by the party in power. Republican lawmakers have argued it is past time to give the people of Illinois the opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment that would create a new, non-partisan redistricting process.
The Caucus also stands ready to work with lawmakers across the aisle and in the House to advance meaningful property tax reform and promote the kind of economic climate that encourages job creation and growth.