Bill Text: IL HJRCA0015 | 2021-2022 | 102nd General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Proposes to amend the Legislature Article of the Illinois Constitution. Provides that for the purposes of creating Legislative and Representative Districts, counties, municipalities, and townships containing less than a specified population shall not be divided. Effective upon being declared adopted.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-07-18 - Rule 19(b) / Re-referred to Rules Committee [HJRCA0015 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2021-HJRCA0015-Introduced.html


102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
HC0015

Introduced , by Rep. Brad Halbrook

SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
ILCON Art. IV, Sec. 3

Proposes to amend the Legislature Article of the Illinois Constitution. Provides that for the purposes of creating Legislative and Representative Districts, counties, municipalities, and townships containing less than a specified population shall not be divided. Effective upon being declared adopted.
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1
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION
2
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
3 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE
4HUNDRED SECOND GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, THE
5SENATE CONCURRING HEREIN, that there shall be submitted to the
6electors of the State for adoption or rejection at the general
7election next occurring at least 6 months after the adoption
8of this resolution a proposition to amend Article IV of the
9Illinois Constitution by changing Section 3 as follows:
10
ARTICLE IV
11
THE LEGISLATURE
12 (ILCON Art. IV, Sec. 3)
13SECTION 3. LEGISLATIVE REDISTRICTING
14 (a) Legislative Districts shall be compact, contiguous and
15substantially equal in population. Representative Districts
16shall be compact, contiguous, and substantially equal in
17population. For the purposes of creating Legislative and
18Representative Districts, the following shall not be divided:
19(1) counties containing less than 25,000 inhabitants; (2)
20municipalities containing less than 15,000 inhabitants; and
21(3) townships containing less than 2,500 inhabitants.
22 (b) In the year following each Federal decennial census
23year, the General Assembly by law shall redistrict the

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1Legislative Districts and the Representative Districts.
2 If no redistricting plan becomes effective by June 30 of
3that year, a Legislative Redistricting Commission shall be
4constituted not later than July 10. The Commission shall
5consist of eight members, no more than four of whom shall be
6members of the same political party.
7 The Speaker and Minority Leader of the House of
8Representatives shall each appoint to the Commission one
9Representative and one person who is not a member of the
10General Assembly. The President and Minority Leader of the
11Senate shall each appoint to the Commission one Senator and
12one person who is not a member of the General Assembly.
13 The members shall be certified to the Secretary of State
14by the appointing authorities. A vacancy on the Commission
15shall be filled within five days by the authority that made the
16original appointment. A Chairman and Vice Chairman shall be
17chosen by a majority of all members of the Commission.
18 Not later than August 10, the Commission shall file with
19the Secretary of State a redistricting plan approved by at
20least five members.
21 If the Commission fails to file an approved redistricting
22plan, the Supreme Court shall submit the names of two persons,
23not of the same political party, to the Secretary of State not
24later than September 1.
25 Not later than September 5, the Secretary of State
26publicly shall draw by random selection the name of one of the

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1two persons to serve as the ninth member of the Commission.
2 Not later than October 5, the Commission shall file with
3the Secretary of State a redistricting plan approved by at
4least five members.
5 An approved redistricting plan filed with the Secretary of
6State shall be presumed valid, shall have the force and effect
7of law and shall be published promptly by the Secretary of
8State.
9 The Supreme Court shall have original and exclusive
10jurisdiction over actions concerning redistricting the House
11and Senate, which shall be initiated in the name of the People
12of the State by the Attorney General.
13(Source: Amendment adopted at general election November 4,
141980.)
15
SCHEDULE
16 This Constitutional Amendment takes effect upon being
17declared adopted in accordance with Section 7 of the Illinois
18Constitutional Amendment Act.
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