Gov. Rauner Talks Gerrymandering in Edwardsville

Brad Choat (Twitter: @choatsnews)

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) – With the Illinois Supreme Court rejecting a petition drive to place a new re-districting map process on the ballot, the governor is touring the state, promoting a different approach.

Bruce Rauner was in Edwardsville on Friday afternoon, asking residents to lobby state lawmakers to approve the ballot question – a move that could threaten some long-held seats in the General Assembly.

“They’re not accountable to help grow our economy. They’re not accountable to hold our property taxes down. They’re not accountable to fund our schools properly. They’ve just been running a political machine for their own power.”

Rauner is a Republican.

The Illinois legislature is controlled by majority Democrats.

“Democracy doesn’t work unless there’s choices and competition,” Rauner said, adding that two-thirds of the races for the General Assembly have incumbents with no opposition, “Our districts have been gerrymandered to lock in incumbents and keep out competition.”

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